Friday, December 18, 2015

A Gentleman's Cure with Daneson Toothpicks

It is time that you take your toothpick game to the next level, and Daneson is here to help you do it.

I enjoy a good toothpick after a meal, but I honestly had no idea just how delightful a toothpick can be until I tried Daneson toothpicks!  The Daneson picks are made from Norther White Birch, are packaged gorgeously in handsome glass tubes, and come in wonderful flavors such as Lemon Ginger, Mint, Cinnamint, and even Single Malt and Bourbon.

But we are here for cocktails, aren't we?  I have created a cocktail for Daneson inspired by their gorgeous toothpicks - specifically the Lemon Ginger flavor.

When presented with this challenge I immediately thought of the classic drink the Penicillin, a refreshing but boozy tipple made with blended scotch, fresh lemon, honey syrup, and a float on top of super-peaty Islay scotch.  But, when I opened up the pack of Daneson picks I understood that the flavors on the picks themselves are light and refreshing, and need not be lost under a cloud of peat.

So I decided to go with tequila for the base spirit, a float of ginger liqueur, and a honey syrup made with chili infused honey to give the cocktail a bit of kick without affecting the nose of the drink.  I garnished the drink with a slice of candied ginger (always my favorite part of a Penicillin), a lemon peel with charred edges, and two of those handsome picks to hold the garnish out of the drink.

The best part?  The Daneson picks extend the pleasure of the drink even longer - the refreshing flavors of lemon and ginger are embedded on the pick, a subtle but lasting memory of the tipple itself.

A Gentleman's Cure
Created by Gastronomista

2 oz Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Spicy Honey Syrup (1:1)
1/4 oz Ginger Liqueur such as Barrow's Intense
3 slices Fresh Ginger

In a cocktail tin muddle the fresh ginger with the honey syrup and lemon juice.  Add tequila and shake with ice.  Strain into a low ball glass with a large ice cube.  Using the back of a bar spoon, float the ginger liqueur on the top of the drink.

For the Garnish:  Peel a lemon twist, and gently char the edges with a lit match.  Stack with a slice of candied ginger and gently pierce with a Daneson Toothpick.  Add a second toothpick at approximately the distance as the rim of your glass, and slide onto the edge of the glass, careful to keep the garnish out of the drink.

Want more?  So do I.

Order your Daneson Toothpicks HERE.

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