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 Dog, which, 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!