Q-Soda.. it's brilliant.. Crisp. Aromatic and Refreshing. The Q-Drinks Grapefruit, made by my friend Jordan Silbert is nothing short of perfection. I crave this grapefruit soda... A combination of Mexican Tangerine, Italian Lemons, Key Lime and sumptuous Florida Grapefruit, this soda is the perfect foil for hot weather sipping. And for just cooling down.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy this perfectly crafted cane sugar based liquid is with both high quality, handmade Bourbon Whiskey and Gin that is distilled from almost the same ingredients.. In this case my gin is made from Raw Honey and Corn (Barr Hill) and the Bourbon of course is made from 51% Corn,- the amazing Barrell Bourbon ... (otherwise they couldn't call it Bourbon!)
My day yesterday was spent running hither tither around the Javits Center in NYC... The event was the International Fancy Food Show and my friend Jennifer Cohan so kindly secured me a Press badge.. thank you!
As I was growing weary by the end of the day, I spotted the Q-Drinks booth. I was thirsty. They were there- like a beacon from above- drawing me closer and closer. It was time to re-introduce myself- as if I had to do that!
The John Bull Fizz,... named after John Bull in Robert Louis Stevenson's Travel's and Essays.
2 oz. Barrell Bourbon
1 oz. Barr Hill Gin
6 oz. Q-Grapefruit
2-3 drops Aromatic Bitters
Fill a Collins Glass with 3 cubes of good (not smelly) ice
Add the Barrell Bourbon
Add the Barr Hill Gin
Dot with Aromatic Bitters of your choice * I used the bitters from Bartram's Gardens in Philadelphia, Pa.
I have a new book out! It's named Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails. It's a deep dive into the days before electricity when most everything that you ate was poisonous to the gut. This was the time when food was either eaten fresh or not at all. And if you wanted something to last you'd better know about canning or... making shrubs!