For six years, I worked at a tiny Farm/Restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont called Pane e Salute. Among the many perks of my time there was the opportunity to taste a lot of different wines. During my last autumn with Pane, I got to taste the Bonny Doon Vineyards Verjus de Cigare, which is actually a non-alcoholic beverage made from grenache grapes. It’s pretty much the best grape juice you’ve ever tasted in your life.
Because Bonny Doon recommends using Verjus as a mixer for cocktails, I naturally set to work experimenting. The following two cocktails are what resulted from these experiments (with expert input, of course, from my bosses). They were very tasty, and I recommend checking out the Verjus. It is not terribly expensive and it offers a world of interesting possibilities. Use these two drinks as a jumping off point. Play around; have some fun.
1-1 1/2oz Bonny Doon Verjus
1/2-3/4 oz Lime juice
2 dashes bitters (Angostura or other)
Shake well. Serve up in a cocktail glass (coupe or martini). Garnish with a twist of lime.
Doon Cry For Me…
3oz Pisco or Rum
1 1/2oz Bonny Doon Verjus
3/4oz Lime juice
1 Egg white
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously without ice. Add ice, and shake until cold. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Top foam with two dashes of Angostura Bitters and grated lime zest.
If you decide to explore the possibilities of Bonny Doon’s Verjus, and make up your own drinks, share them with me in the comments.