Thick as Thieves
1.5 oz. Pimm’s #1
.5 oz. Tanqueray
.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz. House Made Raspberry Shrubb
.125 oz. Simple Syrup
15 drops, Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Lemon Peel, Expressed & Discarded
"A shrubb is a very old invention. Basically it’s a way of keeping berries fresh for months upon months. It’s fresh berries that are cooked down and then combined with sugar and vinegar. Just a suspicion of vinegar to keep the acid level up so that it keeps for a long time. It’s got this great, bright acidity. Especially raspberry, which is already on the tart side for a berry.
"So we’re taking the raspberry shrub and adding it to Pimm’s, which is an herbal gin liqueur from England. It’s incredibly complex while still being incredibly light at the same time. Then we add a little angostura bitters to dry this particular drink out.
"Angostura is the bestselling alcoholic ingredient in the world. It’s a bitters now made in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s been made for approximately the last 200 years. It was originally made by an army surgeon to help the turbulent stomachs of soldiers who were being brought from Europe into the tropics. It was originally a tonic that one could catch while in the tropics. Now it’s used in cocktails as the salt and pepper."