We’re calling it: 2016 has been the year of the savoury cocktail. And with our infinitely customizable savoury cocktail recipe, you can create a signature drink at home. With flavours that are briny, herbal and refreshingly sour, it’ll be a welcome change from the usual boozy-sweet holiday concoctions.
Combine 1 oz cognac or brandy with 1 oz spirit of your choosing, 1tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp of pickle brine and 2 tsp simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with 2 cups ice. Add 1 herb sprig and shake vigorously for 10 sec. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a pickle and add a second herb sprig.
No. 1. Vodka, caper berries and dill
No. 2. Gin, pickled asparagus & rosemary sprig.
No. 3. Sake, peperoncini & rosemary sprig.
No. 4. Tequila, pickled bean & bay leaf.
No. 5. Whiskey, bread-and-butter pickle & thyme.
Pro tip: Slap the herbs between your hands to release essential oils before adding to cocktail glass.
Simple syrup: Boil 1 cup sugar with one cup water in a small pot until sugar dissolves. Cool and refrigerate for up to one month. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
How to stock a bar for under $200
18 easy holiday cocktails
Recipe: Christmas ale