I had a little mini tour for my band Jane Machine in Oregon and stayed in Portland for a few days. For those of you who remember I used to craft the food menu down at a place called Kask whilst living in beautful Cascadia and in that time worked with a supremely talented and inspired gentleman named Nathan, who was one of our head barmen.
This mini tour, I stayed longer in Portland than I had to, partly due to pleasure, partly due to my super old van’s heater not working and me needing to repair it, and that doesn’t happen in a day. I’m glad I did. Visiting old haunts and old friends at new haunts reminded me of this years-old initial inspiration for flavor, for healing through food, for this primal reasoning for our lust/love/delight in food and drink.
Nathan now tends bar at this beautiful place called La Moule. They not only host amazing mussels and fries and French-inspired cuisine, but of course, stunning cocktails.
Nathan is a huge nerd, and I mean that in only a complimentary way. He is a self-declared “questioner” and “why” seemed to be his favorite childhood word. It’s no surprise, because any question I asked about alcohol and why my request to make a cocktail that was good for digestion was met with answers, ALL OF THEM. But not haughty ones. Well-informed, researched, useful and caring ones that came from a source of delight in advancing our species and communal selves. Within moderation, he firmly holds that the correct mix and usage of alcohol is actually healthy and strikes with facts as to this “why”. It always comes back to reasoning mixed with pleasure.
This might make many of you happy, some of you frown (why?) and some of you like me delight in the fact that you’ve always wanted to explore more variations of booze, anyways, so let’s give it a go “for health”. But really.
It’s both touching and inspiring to see someone so immersed in their craft, and I hope that’s what you feel from my visit from Nathan. I certainly did. This cocktail is not only delicious and healthy but super easy to make at home.
Enjoy, and I’ll see you next time in the high desert, Joshua Tree-style. 🙂
Digestive Cocktal (Amari Sour)
|Prep time||3 minutes|
|Dietary||Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|
- 2oz Gran Classico Bitter (or your favorite amari [digestive liqueur])
- 1oz FRESH SQUEEZED lime juice
- splashsimple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar)
|Step 1||Shake all ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Double strain. Digest. Enjoy.|