salty fog

Salty Fog Cocktail

My friend Matt gifted me a bottle of Faultline Batch #2 Gin by St. George, which, has a unique and special flavor of smoked mandarins. I wanted to create something special with the bottle since it’s a very limited release item and bottled exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants. Grapefruits are just coming into season here in California, so naturally, I began thinking of a cocktail known as the Salty Dogwhich, is really just a Greyhound with salt. Since the St. George Distillery is located in Alameda, CA, near the Bay Area, I decided to call it a Salty “Fog” instead of “Dog” and include a black salted rim. Additionally, I’ve incorporated the egg white from the classic gin fizz along with rosemary simple syrup to change its mouthfeel and give it another more savory component. I feel the end result is sublime and truly honors the unique ingredients used in the creation of the gin. If you can’t get your hands on this gin, a smokey Mezcal can be substituted with delicious results.

Salty Fog Recipe
2 oz Faultline #02 Gin or a smokey Mezcal
1/4 oz rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
3 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz egg white (I use from a carton because its pasteurized)
1 dash orange bitters (optional)
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters (optional)
Black salt for the rim of glass
Mandarin or tangerine wheel for garnish

Rosemary Simple Syrup
Heat 2 parts sugar with 1 part water along with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Dissolve the sugar completely and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain into a squeeze bottle or airtight container. If you aren’t entertaining a houseful of guests you won’t need much of this ingredient for the cocktail. 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water should produce more than enough simple syrup!

Rub mandarin wheel around the rim of a martini or white wine glass. Turn the rim of the glass in the salt so that it adheres nicely. Add the mandarin wheel. Combine the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake vigorously until foam appears. I use an mini electric whisk instead because it’s faster and easier than shaking by hand. Next add ice, give it a few more shakes and pour into your salted glass. Enjoy or serve to a lucky friend immediately!

Mini electric whisks are an easy way to create frothy foams in cocktails.

Mini electric whisks are an easy way to create frothy foams in cocktails.

Limited release Faultline Batch 02 Gin by St. George Spirits. Black salt by Falksalt.


 

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