Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!
Who knows what 2012 will bring? But if you're going to ring the year in, you might as well do it with a tasty cocktail.
This is sake infused with candied ginger, vanilla bean, bay leaf, Thai basil and Japanese chiles.
It's this guy's idea - Paolo works at Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica. The mixture infused for a couple of days before we were privileged to taste it.
They were working it up to sell as New Years Eve cocktails later in the evening. We were given a sample as we sat at the bar in the afternoon.
Damned fine stuff. It didn't have a name, when we tasted it. I suggested they call it a Camera Obscura, after the Santa Monica landmark just across Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park.
Blue Plate Oysterette is one of our favorite places. Fresh seafood, good drinks, friendly staff. We love going there.
What are you toasting the New Year in with?