I got the chance to join Hunger’s co-owner Jaime Brooks at The Augustus, the new bar she and Brian Brooks run with Robb and Sarah Sheldon, who are all some of the nicest people ever. (I also reviewed Hunger 2.0, but that article is still in progress.) As I had just picked up a few bottles of ‘tude juice, a ridiculously good and locally made varietal apple juice brand, I handed Robb a bottle and asked what he could do with it.
Apparently not one bothered by challenges presented by writers who look like pack mules under all their gear, Robb went to action, making a cocktail and then a cooler variation. The non-cooler version is crisp from the lime and apple juice, which tastes exactly like a granny smith apple, tangy and puckery. Thanks to the pear brandy, it almost has a honeydew finish. It’s not a super strong drink, but if you don’t mind your cocktail being naturally apple green and served in a martini glass, it’s a great start to an evening while supporting local businesses.
The cooler is called a Granny Smith cooler; the first version lacks a name besides ‘shut up and drink this.’ I think that name works, especially for that friend of yours who still thinks appletinis have nowhere to improve upon.
The Augustus is finishing up their soft opening this week, so go visit and get some ridiculously amazing-sounding sausages (Kalbi! Things involving cilantro and bacon!) to go with your cocktails.
Shut Up & Drink This
1 oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed is ideal)
1.5 oz ‘Tude Granny Smith
0.5 oz Pear Williams Purkhart Pear Brandy
1.5 oz Gin
Add to shaker over ice. Shake to blend, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon zest twist.
Granny Smith Cooler
Same as above, only increase gin & ‘tude juice to 2 oz. Serve over ice in a collins glass and add a splash of soda.