After dinner in downtown Charleston the Missus and I returned to our hotel. Just to see what blueberry drinks had been concocted I logged in to twitter. Much to my surprise The "unofficial" TDN was getting tweeted from The Mixoloseum. To the chatroom I went! JFL had left but Fred and Zach were there. As I was in a hotel room and without supplies I felt I had nothing to contribute. Fred suggested that a theoretical drink would suffice. Instead I went with a drink I had made the week before after making a strawberry gastrique. The drink, and the others from that weeks TDN, can be found here. While true that I did not offer my gastrique recipe at the time I will present it now:
4 oz apple cider vinegar
2 oz raspberry balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup stewed strawberries
1 cup sugar
Bring liquid and fruit to a boil. Stir in sugar. Simmer for 20min. Strain through a coffee filter in to a Santa Claus shaped jar. Let cool.
I used Jonny Raglin's Ginger Gastrique (as found in F&W Cocktails 2012) recipe as a starting point. The discussion at some point turned to shrubs and how they differed from gastriques. The consensus was that a shrub goes in a glass and a gastrique on a plate. Nevertheless Jonny Raglin calls his a gastrique. Who am I to argue?