Savory Hunter

Chad Solomon, Midnight Rambler | Dallas

Adapted from the version served at Midnight Rambler, this recipe calls for ingredients more likely to be found in your kitchen than behind the bar. Chad Solomon swaps the traditional dash of bitters for a dash of fish sauce, instead, and infuses the gin with a mixture of lemongrass and kaffir muddled with cilantro and Thai chili. The result is a savory, slightly salty delight.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 4 or 5 cilantro sprigs
  • 1 1/4 inch Thai chili slice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce cream of coconut, preferably Coco Lopez
  • 2 ounces lemongrass- & kaffir-infused gin (see Editor's Note)
  • 2 drops mineral saline (1:9, kosher salt: mineral water)
  • 5 drops fish sauce, preferably Red Boat

Garnish: Thai chili and kaffir lime Leaf

Directions
  1. Muddle cilantro and Thai chili slices with the lime juice and cream of coconut in a mixing tin.
  2. Add the infused gin and dry shake.
  3. Fine-strain into an empty double Old-Fashioned or rocks glass.
  4. Top up generously with crushed or nugget ice.
  5. Garnish with Thai chili and kaffir lime leaf.
Editor's Note

Lemongrass- & Kaffir-Infused Gin:
8 to 10 kaffir lime leaves, with stems removed
2 heaping tablespoons chopped lemongrass
1 liter gin, preferably Tanqueray

In a non-reactive container, combine kaffir lime leaves, chopped lemongrass and gin. Let infuse for 48 hours, then fine strain, label and keep refrigerated.