While sipping a raspberry drinking vinegar at Pok Pok one night, Cooper was jolted with inspiration by the sweet-tart beverage. "I thought it would be a great way to add a different profile to cocktails," he says. So, he made a Whole Foods run, bought a variety of vinegars and tinkered with them until he mastered a recipe for a winter citrus shrub with blood orange vinegar, tangerine juice, sugar and Averna Amaro. "If people are going to trust me to put vinegar in a drink, I feel it's necessary the flavors aren't over the top," he points out. The tangy and ethereal Shrub Your Shoulders, Cooper adds, "is just a nice play on a fizz, but a bit more complex and layered. It comes out looking like an orange Creamsicle, starting orange at the bottom and gradually turning white at the top--and it actually tastes like one."
There are a number of reasons to splurge on dessert before dinner. With Chinatown soup dumplings just a short stroll away, this is one of them.
2 oz. Spring 44 Gin
*1oz. Winter citrus shrub
¼ oz. lemon juice
Egg whiteClub soda
Long orange peel garnish
*12 oz. blood orange vinegar
10 oz. tangerine juice (throw in skins after juicing)
12 oz. sugar
1 1/2 oz. Averna Amaro
Place all ingredients (except Amaro) into a saucepan. Turn heat to medium and stir until sugar is dissolved. Turn heat down and let simmer for 15 min. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain into a non-reactive container. Add the Averna amaro. Pour into a bottle and store in fridge to mellow for a few days before using.