Gravesend Smash

Adapted from Brooklyn Spirits by Peter Fornatale and Chris Wertz

Most great American horses come from Kentucky. The same thing has long been said about American whiskey. But things are changing in both cases. New York bred racehorses, like Zivo, are among the best in the country. And another NY-bred horse, Artemis Agrotera, will be among the favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare sprint. It’s New York’s time to shine.

And so it is with whiskey as well. In support of Artemis, we offer this original-to-the-book cocktail, a Gravesend Smash, named for the defunct Brooklyn racetrack.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces King's County Moonshine
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain
  • 1/4 grapefruit, medium-sized
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorns, divided

Garnish: cracked pink pepercorns

  1. Muddle half the peppercorns and grapefruit with the St. Germain in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the moonshine and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice, small cubes or crushed.
  4. Garnish with the rest of the cracked pink peppercorns on top.