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4th of July Cocktail – To Abigail (and Matt): Happy Birthday, United States of America!

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

To Abigail

My friend and web guru Matt requested a special 4th of July cocktail recipe – my Christmas one was such a success, he said, he wants me to come up with one for every holiday.

It just so happened I was reading The Spirit, my newsletter about “inspiring cocktails.” It’s ostensibly by and for mixologists – the new breed of bartenders who care about the quality of what they pour.

What they came up with is this summery, fruity cocktail, a bright red from cherry juice, and extra fruity from a touch of blueberry preserves.

But its secret and most delicious ingredient is the St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. I love this herbal/floral liqueur – one of my favorite bar ingredients – and it really makes this drink. The only thing is, I like prefer the drink made with gin, and not organic vodka as suggested. You can go either way – but the herbal quality of gin matches the St. Germain beautifully.

So who is Abigail?

As for the name of the drink, here’s the description from The Spirit, written by the drink’s creator, Shari Stein Curry of Rivoli Restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.

“A day before the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams (part of the Committee of Five who signed the document) wrote a letter to his wife Abigail stating that this day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” This cocktail is John’s letter in cocktail form, for Abigail.”

You can make it ahead in pitcher form; multiply the ingredients below by 15 and put into storage container to refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour into an Ice Tube Pitcher.

To Abigail

Per drink:

  • 1-3/4 ounce Square One Organic Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ounce bottled cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon blueberry preserves
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 drops rose water
  • Glass and presentation: Rocks glass, ice cubes, half-length straw, fresh firm blueberries

Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and fine strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a white, half-length straw.

(Cocktail created by Shari Stein Curry, mixologist Rivoli Restaurant, Berkeley, Calif. Curry writes for Examiner.com San Francisco.


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