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Recipe: Miss GG’s East Egg Cocktail

Courtesy of  Kendal Duque and Sepia: “This cocktail is one of the most simple on the menu, but it is my favorite. I really like how it came out and how all four components shine through in a refreshing balance. For me, this is a quintessential late summer cocktail.”

Miss GG's East Egg Cocktail

Miss GG's East Egg Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz / 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz / 30ml Chamomile Tea [Recipe Follows]
  • 1.5 oz / 45ml Thyme infused Honey Syrup [Recipe Follows]
  • 1.5 oz / 45ml Gin (preferrably a drier, juniper forward classic style gin)

Method

  • Stir, to bring up the honey and to integrate the tea
  • Add a splash of soda water
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and sprigs of fresh thyme
For the Honey Thyme Syrup:
  • In a sauce pan, add 1 cup honey to one cup water along with a handful of fresh thyme.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let steep for another 60 minutes before straining out thyme.
  • Let cool before using.
For the Chamomile Tea:
  • Make a concentrated tea (using about twice as much as you normally would if just making tea to drink)
  • Let it steep for 15 minutes to build up a strong flavor as well as some tannins.
  • I brew the tea fresh every day before the start of the night and let it cool before using.

The cocktail can also be batched out to be made by the pitcher and just poured over ice (1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup tea, 1.5 cups thyme honey syrup, 1.5 cup gin, 1 cup soda water)

Why this name?

I get asked all the time about this because of the name.  It was suggested to me by my girlfriend to make a cocktail called the “Great Gatsby” - I liked the idea but did not want to call it Gatsby. So I started thinking about the location of the novel, the old money sea-side village of East Egg, driving around through seaside roads in a convertible, white suits, sun hats, elaborate parties, etc. So I said if they were drinking something during the day it would be chamomile tea if at night it would naturally be a gin cocktail. So I combined those two, then the natural complimentary items for chamomile are lemon and honey. But I wanted to add a bit of summer to it, an herb, so I decided on thyme. The soda just helps to open everything up a bit. I love the cocktail because it is both clean and refreshing but has a complexity to it, it also has a sweet element but finishes dry with a good amount of acidity.

But for the Miss G.G part… Gallit Greenspoon – my girlfriend and the one that got me thinking about this cocktail.

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Free Recipe: Warm Chocolate Soup

This indulgent warm chocolate soup is an all-time favourite at Wild Honey, served with crème fraîche and chopped almonds.


Ingredients

For Soup:
  • 50g / 1,8oz dark chocolate, 60-70% cocoa solids
  • 50g / 1,8oz whipping cream
  • 50g / 1,8oz butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
To Serve:
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • Good handful of chopped almonds
  • 120-180ml / 4-6oz créme fraiche

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 100°C / gas ¼ / 212°F .
  2. In a gently warmed bain-marie (or a bowl set over, but not touching, some gently simmering water), heat the chocolate and butter until just melted. Add the egg yolks and combine lightly.
  3. In separate bowls, lightly whip the cream to ribbon stage and beat the egg whites until standing in soft peaks, but being careful not to over-beat.
  4. Fold these into the chocolate
    mixture and immediately transfer to 4-6 individual ovenproof serving bowls.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes.
  6. Allow to stand for a minute or so after removing from the oven.
  7. Then sprinkle with icing sugar, scatter with chopped almonds and top with a spoonful of créme fraiche.
Tips:

The quality of the chocolate you use for this is quite critical to the flavour of the finished soup. Chef Anthony Demetre suggests you use Valrhona’s 66% cocoa solids.

Wild Honey (London):

Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, the team behind the successful Arbutus restaurant in Soho, launched their second site ‘Wild Honey’ in July 2007. Wild Honey continues in the same style as Arbutus – an award-winning combination of modestly priced great food and wine in an informal, friendly ambience. Wild Honey has a Michelin Star.

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