3 lemon wedges cut into eighths
3 large mint leaves
skinny ¾ oz cardamom simple syrup
2 oz bourbon (we use Wild Turkey 101)
1 dash Regan’s orange bitters
Muddle lemon, mint and blackberries in a shaker. Add cardamom syrup, bourbon and bitters. Add ice, shake, double strain (through a fine mesh sieve)and serve over ice. Garnish with mint.
Cardamom Simple Syrup
21 fresh green cardamom pods
1 c sugar
1 c water
Using mortar and pestle, coarsely grind cardamom pods. Bring water, sugar and cardamom to boil, lower heat and stir occasionally until dissolved, about 10 minutes. Take off heat, let sit 30 minutes. Strain into glass container and keep refrigerated, up to 2 weeks.
A Smash is a classic cocktail named after the act of smashing mint with a muddler. Traditionally it was created with mint, sugar, and a base spirit. Basically, it is a short Julep. In more recent history, citrus was added to round out the drink and give it more body. And we gotta admit, it is fun to muddle your drink. Jam your muddler into the shaker and really give it to it!
This drink is a Smash with a decidedly twisted tone. We’ve incorporated blackberries and cardamom (a green pod that is floral yet camphorous, and mostly used in Indian and Nordic cuisine). Smash it all together, take it out and chop it up.
“I’m not talking about dance lessons. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guy’s windshield. I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.” —Royal Tenenbaum
GRIMOIRE: Cure your ills with...
CARDAMOM // Elletaria Cardamomum
The use of cardamom, the “queen of spices”, dates back thousands of years. It is one of the most expensive spices after saffron and vanilla bean. Indian in origin, it has been used in Ayurvedic remedies to improve digestion, stimulate blood circulation and freshen breath.
MINT // Mentha Spicada
Mint has been used for centuries in medicinal practice, for freshening the breath and stimulating digestion. It helps with headaches and fatigue, and chewing on it even whitens your teeth.
BLACKBERRIES // Rubus
Blackberry is a thorny little shrub, native to the east coast of North America. It was used extensively by Native Americans, mostly for the medicinal properties of the leaves and roots, as an astringent and diuretic. The fruit itself soothes a sore throat.