Cocktails

Tip Your Bartender: Wildhawk, San Francisco

May 29, 2020

Story: Punch Staff

Art: Nick Hensley

One of Wildhawk's more popular gin-based cocktails, the Proper Cup blends fortified and aromatized wines with an elegant amaro.

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Proper Cup

Christian Suzuki, Wildhawk | San Francisco, California  

One of Wildhawk’s more popular gin-based cocktails, the Proper Cup blends fortified and aromatized wines with an elegant amaro. A quick infusion of Earl Grey tea and an adaptable housemade bergamot infusion provide botanical dimension and body.

1 ¾ ounces Earl Grey tea-infused Bombay Sapphire gin (see Editors’ Note)
¾ ounce amontillado sherry
½ ounce Amaro Nonino
¼ ounce bianco vermouth
3 drops bergamot tincture (see Editors’ Note)
barspoon simple syrup (1:1)

Garnish: orange twist, expressed and discarded

Combine all ingredients and ice into a mixing glass and stir for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled tea cup. Express orange oil over the cocktail.

Editors’ Note

Earl Grey-infused Bombay Sapphire Gin
In a Mason jar or non-reactive container, use 1 tea bag for every 4 ounces gin. For example, to infuse a full 750ml bottle, use 6 tea bags. Steep for 12- 15 minutes, remove tea bags and bottle until use. Wildhawk suggests Twinnings Earl Grey tea as it is less oily than other brands on the market.

Bergamot Tincture
In a Mason jar or non-reactive container, combine the peel of 3 bergamot with enough overproof vodka to cover. Infuse for 3 days. If bergamot is not available, then substitute peels from 1 lemon, 1 orange, and ½ of a grapefruit.

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