Gin, beets and cocoa blend in this bright, spring cocktail

Montreal-made cocktail

Help me find a name for this spring creation

I'm not one for super sweet cocktails. I tend to look for something with a certain balance of sweet and bitter — or even better, tart! Thankfully, this nameless cocktail hit all of the right notes while remaining bright, fresh and springy. 

As Alex said, it reminded him of blossoming spring flowers. Well, I say it's pretty perfect as a lead in to Mother's Day. 

While roaming around Montreal today, I picked up a few Quebec-made products and wanted to make them sing together. I had been interested in Les Charlatans's Beet and Cocoa syrup for a long while but didn't feel like adding the complex flavours to a simple Rum and Coke nor did I feel like making a dark and broody cocktail. 

So here's what I opted to play around with:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Canopée Gin Forestier (or any woodsy gin)
  • 1 oz Rouge Gorge Cider Vermouth 
  • 1/2 oz Les Charlatans Beet and Cocoa syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • An egg white
  • A dash of Lee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients except the bitters in a shaker. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously. 
  2. Add ice, shake again until shaker feels very cold.
  3. Strain into a glass (I opted for a coupe) let some foam through the strain.
  4. Add a few dashes of bitters.

See what I did there? Some bright ingredients with a dark side.

The Canopée gin is bright but has hints of smoke and wood. The Rouge Gorge vermouth isn't a simple red vermouth but more of a cider that can be enjoyed over ice. The orange squeeze plays well with the beet and cocoa — which surprised me with its floral taste. 

The egg white topped off with some Black Walnut Bitters adds a little je ne sais quoi, a bit of texture and bitterness that grounds the cocoa in its place.

Now to find a name for it... got ideas? Let me know in the comments!