I was running a work errand in Tribeca a couple weeks ago, a neighborhood that’s still unfamiliar enough to surprise me. I rounded a corner and was stopped in my tracks by, of all things, a ballfield. Not a stadium or anything noteworthy, just an astro-turf colored hole in the city. I couldn’t help but stop because it was truly stunning to be in the presence of that much open space in Lower Manhattan.
We spent the day in Fort Tryon Park on friday, which I’m drawn to for the same reason. It’s open-space porn: cliffs, rock ledges, and overlooks. A grid dweller can forget about up and down when her days are full of back and forth. It’s the place to go when you’ve got a hankering for trees.
I bought this Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau De Vie for the same reason; I was wanting for trees. This is good brandy infused with spring Douglas fir buds. It’s fancy, but not pretentious because there’s forest involved. I was just sipping it straight until I got some cocktail inspiration from Bitters, by Brad Thomas Parsons. I pared down his super well-crafted version to make create my “In the Trees” cocktail.
In the Trees Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
- 3/4 oz Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau De Vie
- 1/2 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 3 dashes Grapefruit Juniper Bitters
- Combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake.
- Strain into a coupe glass and serve. Garnish with fresh rosemary if desired.