Tendril Loving Care 

Caer Maiko, DrinkWell | Austin, TX

As savory cocktails have been gaining traction, Caer Maiko, bar manager of Austin’s DrinkWell and co-founder of Daijoubu Pop Up, has found that snap peas can add “a garden-fresh note” akin to celery, without overpowering. She uses a snap pea shrub made with vinegar and mint in her Tendril Loving Care, a Collins-style drink incorporating gin and olive oil–washed blanco tequila, garnished with pea shoots and mint. “The future of cocktails seems to be leaning more and more toward savory items,” says Maiko. “Snap peas can walk the line between sweet and savory in the same cocktail.”

NB: Maiko notes that this recipe can easily be made non-alcoholic by substituting Seedlip Garden in lieu of the gin and tequila.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce snap pea shrub (see Editor's Note)
  • 1 ounce London dry gin, preferably Tanqueray 10
  • 1/2 ounce olive oil-washed blanco tequila, preferably Tapatio
  • 3 ounces soda water

Garnish: mint, pea shoots

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the soda water, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over ice.
  3. Top with soda water.
  4. Garnish with mint and pea shoots.
Editor's Note

Snap Pea Shrub:
100 g sneap peas
15 g mint leaves
225 g white distilled vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend then strain. Add 630 g white sugar and blend again.

Tagged: gin, snap pea, tequila