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Pining for Winter

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.


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


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.