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Pining for Winter

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Foraged Douglas Fir brings the taste of winter to this cocktail

Pining for Winter

Cocktail inspiration can come from many places. For Maz Naba, beverage director at the Michelin-starred Nico in San Francisco, walks through the woods helps inspire (and create) Pining for Winter. He hand trims new growth from Douglas Fir trees to create a simple syrup and garnish just for this drink.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Ounces Pineau de Charanttes
  • 1 Ounce Alessio Bianco Vermouth
  • 1.5 Ounces Fir syrup
  • .5 Ounce Egg white
  • Fir powder

Directions

Add all ingredients to Boston Shaker and shake vigorously with no ice for 15-20 seconds. Open shaker, add ice and shake again for another 5 seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with Fir Powder. 

 

Douglas Fir Syrup

Dehydrate for 1 pint of tips for 1 day. Pull needles off stems, blend with 1 pint simple syrup on high, add 1 teaspoon of citric acid. Strain through fine sieve and cheese cloth. Spice things up by adding cardamom or black pepper to your simple syrup. 

 

Fir Tip Powder

Set aside 1/2 cup of Douglas Fir tips and grind in a spice mill until a fine powder. Add pinch of citric acid.