I cannot even begin to describe my love for beets. There are no words. I love everything about them; the smell and the memories it evokes, the taste in all the recipes I have ever tried, the color and its lightning flash ability to ruin all of my clothes in a nanosecond, and its ability to make me think I need to go to the hospital if I’ve forgotten I’ve consumed it. So why on earth did it take me THIS LONG to realize beets might also possibly make some rather kickass cocktails? I do not have an answer for that question, but I have finally dug out the libation chemistry set and started to experiment.
During the entire process of “Serious Cocktail Inventing”, I kept getting visions of nasty old men with gold chains entangled in their salt and pepper chest hair, hanging out naked in silk smoking jackets, puffing on cigars and talking about innately boring sh*t. What? I have an overactive imagination. Shut up. That’s how the Hugh Hefner was born. Make it, then send me a thank you note.
Today, there has been a strong resurgence in the interest in, and use of, bitters in complex modern cocktails. In turn, there has been a resurgence in the variety of hand crafted, flavored bitters available to bartenders. I personally have 9 different bitters that I use when I am stirring and shaking. But the one flavor that interested me the most, which I couldn’t seem to locate, was that of dandelion. So I made my own.
This past spring, we watched a new local restaurant being built and then watched the business start up. Month after month, night after night this eatery filled with diners and waiting lines. Eight months of solid traffic is a hot run for a new restaurant, especially in a town that has no shortage of places to eat. Our interest was piqued!!
Editor’s Note: The only reason this recipe is found in the “Survive It” category is because the author attempted to light herself on fire, Michael Jackson style, in the process of making it. Management does not recommend leaning over a simmering pot of ANYTHING sitting on a gas stove if (A) you have long hair (B) its not in a ponytail and (C) you are not a cast member of Jackass I, Jackass 2, or Jackass 3D.