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Monthly Archives: August 2013


“Ensanguining the skies      How heavily it dies      Into the west away

Past touch and sight and sound       Not further to be found

How hopeless underground        Lies the remorseful day.”

A Bloody Mary for Inspector Morse – Heirloom tomato water, Vodka, Globe basil, super spicy Pimientone de Padró and lime juice. Garnished with Indigo Rose.



Created for Ness, to pair  trout roe on smoked crème fraîche.

I associate Smokiness with … being macho and bold. It is intended to tie the seafood amuse to the rest of the meat courses.

Watermelon Mezcal Shot with Basil

  • A few basil leaves. I grow globe basil which is naturally tiny, so it’s good for both flavoring and garnishing.
  • 1 1/2 oz Hornitos Reposado
  • 1 oz quality Mezcal. I use San Juan Del Rio, for its 96 proof of intensity. Besides, 10% of their proceeds benefit the education of the children in Oaxaca.
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz watermelon juice
  • ~ 1/2 oz simple syrup. Taste it. It really depends on how sour your lime juice and how sweet your watermelon are.


Muddle, add ice, shake, and strain. Garnish with additional basil leaves.

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