We occasionally run across recipes that immediately pique our interest, many times from some of our fellow food bloggers. Usually we end up putting these interesting recipes on our list of things to make, but usually we don’t have the ingredients right at hand so it takes us a while to get around to making them. For this recipe, we just happened to have everything in house so we just jumped behind the bar and let the inspiration flow! With the name of this cocktail being the French Tart, we figured it was appropriate to use this great French gin we received from the folks at G’Vine. (Disclosure: We were provided free samples of G’Vine to try. All opinions stated are 100% our own!)
This recipe is inspired by the fine folks over at Nerds with Knives, who posted this recipe over on the Cocktail section of Reddit, where some serious cocktail nerds hang out (hi there fellow cocktail fanatics!) Like us, a bunch of the cocktail fanatics immediately nerd-ed out on this drink and started throwing out their takes on the drink, which was awesome to see all the variations that were created. The original recipe called for vodka as the base spirit, but we love the way that grapefruit and the herbal note of gin work together, so we decided to swap out the vodka for the G’Vine Nouaison gin which worked out really well.
The G’Vine Nouaison is a French gin made from grapes, which is rather unusual ingredient for a gin, but one that has traditionally worked well in other spirits like cognac. G’Vine is a small batch gin distilled in Maison Villevert, a family estate found in the heart of Cognac country where there is centuries old tradition of grape growing and spirits making. The Nouaison is a wonderfully balanced gin, with lots of floral notes, zesty spice and a rich fruity body from the grapes that is a bit reminiscent of a cognac. Bold enough to stand up to the sweet and sour notes of the grapefruit, the Nouaison was a great base for the herbal parts of the French Tart.
The French Tart is a great combination of sweet and tart, with herbal hints that add an interesting depth to the drink. Sweet rosemary syrup gives a fresh sweetness that complements the tartness from the lemon juice and the pleasing sweet and sour of the grapefruit.. We added a couple of drops of Dram Apothecary’s Sage Bitters to round out the flavors. We hope you give our version of this great cocktail a try! Cheers!
- 2 oz Gin
- 1.5 oz Fresh Squeezed strained Pink Grapefruit juice
- 1 oz St. Germain
- 1/2 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1/4 oz Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
- 4 drops Sage Bitters
- Add the grapefruit, lemon, St. Germain, gin, simple syrup and sage bitters into a shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled coupe.