Recipe by Tatum Ancheta, DrinkManila.com editor-in-chief

“I love the smell of fresh garlands around the house during Christmas season. I wanted to create a drink that would remind me of Christmas Eve when I’d wake up to sneak a peek at my gift under the Christmas tree.” – Tatum

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml sake
  • 30 ml Agua de Bolivia
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml Martini Bianco Vermouth
  • 6 juniper berries
  • A stem of rosemary
  • Glassware: Rona Jasper martini glass
  • Garnish: herb ice cube with rose tea buds, rosemary, juniper berries, and red pepper

How to Make Herb Ice Cubes

  • Rose tea buds
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper berries
  • Red pepper
  • Boiled water
  • Ice molder
  1. Boil water and let it cool.
  2. Clap rosemary to release oil and insert in the ice cube molder.
  3. Drop in juniper berries and red pepper.
  4. Pour in the cooled boiled water and drop in rose tea buds.

Directions:

  1. Muddle juniper berries in a mixing glass.
  2. Add all the spirits.
  3. Clap a sprig of rosemary to express the oils and drop it in the mixing glass.
  4. Stir and set aside.
  5. Put the herb ice cube in the martini glass.
  6. Pour the mixture in the martini glass.

Tasting Notes: The drink smells like a fresh garland: sweet, with pinecones and fresh greens. The crimson liquid is herbal and bittersweet, with piney citrus notes from the juniper berries (the main ingredients in gin) and rosemary. As the ice melts, the herbs and spices from the ice will flavor the drink. 

Notes: You can buy juniper berries at Säntis Delicatessen. For this drink, it’s best to use a light, sweet, fragrant Ginjo sake. Agwa de Bolivia is an herbal liqueur distilled and produced in Amsterdam made with Bolivian coca leaves (stripped of psychoactive cocaine compounds and mixed with 37 other natural herbs and botanicals including green tea, ginseng, and guarana). In the Philippines, Agwa de Bolivia may be purchased from Bodega Kitchen & Bar at 109 Valero Street, Two Central Condominium, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Follow @BDGMakati on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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