Critiques, Cravings and Conundrums From the Madison Food and Dining Scene
Feb 13, 2011
11:35 AMSmall Dishes
A Red Letter Drink
Not being able to resist anything new, I purchased a bottle of Absolut Wild Tea vodka. It’s actually a tweaking of one of their limited editions venerating American cities—Absolut Boston. The prominent flavors are tea and elderflowers. I previously had bought a bottle of the Absolut Boston and liked the way it tasted but could never figure out what to mix it with. So this time I did some looking on the internet to see if I could find something promising. The consensus was that Absolut Wild Tea was great in a cosmo, a gimlet or a mojito, but none of these seemed anything special for Valentine’s Day. Then a stumbled on a blog, the Santa Fe Barman, and a cocktail named after the protagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter.
Serendipity to be sure and the perfect drink to toast your passion …
Hester Prynne Cocktail
2 ounces Absolut Wild Tea
½ ounce framboise (raspberry liqueur)
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce honey syrup (recipe follows)
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Raspberries for garnish
Combine the Absolut Wild Tea, framboise, lemon juice, honey syrup and bitters in an ice-filled cocktail shaker; then shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with raspberry.
Makes 1 drink.
Honey Syrup: Combine equal parts of honey and boiling water and stir to mix. Store covered in the refrigerator.