Cocktails

Tip Your Bartender: Johnny’s Gold Brick

May 19, 2020

Story: Punch Staff

Art: Nick Hensley

Johnny’s Gold Brick gives their Gibson a dose of housemade onion brine alongside the traditional pickled onion garnish.

Tip Your Bartender is a social media initiative from PUNCH connecting our readers with bar teams across the country via Instagram. We’re asking select bartenders to share their drinks (albeit virtually) and encourage the PUNCH audience to “tip” during the economically uncertain times ahead. 

Between March 30th and May 29th, for every dollar tipped to bar teams, the Bacardi family of brands has generously committed to matching it with an equal gift to our charitable partner, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

Send a tip to the Johnny’s Gold Brick bar staff via Venmo by searching @Angular07.

Gibson

Angel Salas, Johnny’s Gold Brick | Houston, Texas

Johnny’s Gold Brick gives their Gibson a dose of housemade onion brine alongside the traditional pickled onion garnish. Against the backbone of botanical Bombay Sapphire and round blanc vermouth, the brine adds a slight savory note.

2 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin
¾ ounce blanc vermouth
¼ ounce pickled onion brine (see Editors’ Note)
2 dashes of orange bitters

Garnish: pickled onion

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir to dilution. Strain into coupe, and garnish with pickled onion.

Editors’ Note

Pickled Onions and Brine
1 quart of peeled pearl onions
1 cup water
1 cup champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
¼ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 ½ teaspoons fennel seed
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cloves
3 star anise
Cinnamon sticks (2 per jar)

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from heat and transfer onions to 16-ounce Mason jars, leaving about 1 inch of headspace. Add 2 cinnamon sticks to each jar of onions. Strain pickle brine into each glass jar until it covers the onions fully. Screw lids on jars, and let onions pickle for at least 24 hours before using. Store covered and refrigerated.

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