Posted On: 10/01/2017
We first tried Audrey Saunders’ Earl Grey MarTEAni in 2007, and it's just as delicious 10 years later. An enhanced gin sour, the addition of tea and egg white takes your palate on a ride of citrus and softened creamy botanicals with a burst of Earl Grey. To find out for yourself, start by infusing gin with Earl Grey (steep 1∕4 cup loose-leaf Earl Grey tea in 750 milliliters gin 2 hours, fine strain and rebottle). In an ice-filled shaker, combine 1½ ounces Earl Grey-infused gin, 1 ounce simple syrup, 3∕4 ounce lemon juice and 1 egg white. Shake vigorously 45 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planter’s House
The 2015 Seghesio Vermentino is my current “try if you’re stuck on chardonnay” wine. Filled with the vermentino grape’s distinctive stone fruit notes and amazing minerality, you’d swear this rich, complex white came straight from the island of Corsica rather than Sonoma’s famed Russian River Valley. Let it carry you to a beach on the Mediterranean. $16. The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788, wineandcheeseplace.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunn’s
Earthbound Beer is one of the most creative breweries in the Midwest, and its inimitable Chicken And Waffles Blonde Ale perfectly showcases the brewery’s weird and fun style. Medium-bodied and straw colored, this delicious blonde ale has a hint of maple syrup in the aroma followed by succulent breadiness and mellow batter-like sweetness with a hint of tang to round out the finish. Disclaimer: No chickens or waffles were harmed in the making of this beer. Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.9576, earthboundbeer.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar
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