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Natasha David, Nitecap | New York

“I love my low-ABV drinks,” says Natasha David of this cocktail, which loosely builds on a Tom Collins framework.  “Pommeau [is] … one of the most underrated ingredients, and I wanted it to be the star of the drink, which it isn’t very often.” Mixed with St-Germain, for “beautiful, earthy notes” and a cordial designed to minimize waste by using day-old citrus juices, the end result is “a light, bright, easy-to-drink highball.”

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Lemorton Pommeau
  • 1 ounce salted lemon-lime cordial (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain
  • 1/2 ounce Salers
  • 1 drop Terra Spice Eucalyptus Tincture
  • Soda water, to top

Garnish: cucumber fan

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the soda water, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over Kold-Draft ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with cucumber fan.
Editor's Note

Salted Lemon-Lime Cordial
750 grams lemon juice
700 grams lime juice
600 grams sugar
Peels of 10 lemons
Peels of 10 limes
10 grams salt solution (30%, or approximately 2:1, water:salt)

Using a kitchen scale, carefully measure sugar, juice and salt solution into a blender. Blend until the sugar dissolves. Add the peels. Label/date, and let sit for 24 hours. Strain and refrigerate.