Featured Cocktail: Nachtmusik at Firefly
Mixologist Jon Harris, formerly of Vegetate and most recently The Gibson, recently started as bar manager at the revamped Firefly in Dupont Circle. I've long been a fan of his...his drinks are innovative, eclectic, and always delicious. I sampled a bunch of his new creations yesterday over lunch, and this one was the overwhelming favorite of my companions and myself. Though at first glance its color makes you think the drink is going to be heavy and alcohol rich, one sip shows that it's actually delicate and light, with just a touch of bitterness. Harris keeps the florality from the St. Germain in check, too--that ingredient can too often overpower a drink, but not here. I asked him for the recipe--if you can't find Imbue, Pinot Gris works as a substitute. He suggests dusting the drink with luster dust for added shimmer. Oh, and the name means "night music" in German.
Nachtmusik Recipe courtesy of Jon Harris, Firefly, Washington, D.C.
1 1/2 oz. Cocchi Vermouth de Torino 1 oz. Pinot Gris or Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth (a Pinot Gris-based Vermouth) 1/2 oz. St. German 1 dash orange bitters Orange peel, for garnish
Add all except garnish to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.