Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Yep, I'm going there... Retsina. That pine resin shit wine that is on every Greek restaurant wine list in the country, that no one orders. There are much better wines to drink that this, but Greece might be heading home, so here it is. Retsina is white wine flavored with pine resin. Originally, over 2,000 years ago, the pine resin was used to prevent the wine from spoiling. It's an age old local delicacy.
Côte d'Ivoire is a hard one. I pulled something together for their second match, but now I really have to work at it. Another crop that is grown and exported from the Ivory Coast is coffee. In research for this, I found the Anthora Pilsner cocktail by Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park and the Nomad. It's 0.5oz of cane syrup (simple syrup made with demerara sugar), 0.75oz fresh lemon juice, 0.75oz cold brewed coffee, 0.5oz aquavit, 0.75oz Pune e Mes vermouth, 0.25oz Averna stirred, strained into a glass with crushed ice, and garnished with a mint sprig and a grapefruit twist.