Drink of the Week: Buckskin Sour

It’s fair to say the secret’s out on The Nash, the new Michael Noble restaurant that opened in Inglewood late last month. Every time I’ve driven by it’s been packed, and last week when I met girlfriends there it was abustle — all tables taken, and standing room only in the 50-seat Off Cut Bar. The new foodie hub is bringing late-night traffic to Calgary’s east end and it’s great news for my ‘hood.

Chef Michael Noble's eagerly antcipated restaurant and bar are now open in Inglewood, Calgary.

Chef Michael Noble’s eagerly anticipated The Nash Restaurant and Off Cut Bar are now open in Inglewood, Calgary.

What’s even more exciting for me — and for Calgarians who like a classy watering hole — are the fantastic cocktails being shaken and stirred at Off Cut. I’ve been slowly working my way through the list and have enjoyed every cocktail I’ve tried thus far. I love the strength of the bourbon-based Quarter Horse, the tart-yet-light grape (pisco) essence of the Sundance Saloon, and the bitter wholesomeness of the new Cynar Flip. My friends and I also love the New Orleans Ginn Fizz (one pal even asked if I could pretty please get the recipe and then make her one every Friday at 4:30 p.m.); however, it’s reviled by the bartenders, who need a full two minutes to shake it, so sadly, it’s coming off the menu.

The Nash cocktails are a pleasing mix of

The Nash’s liquid pleasures are a mix of craft and classic cocktails. Pictured above are descriptions of six sips whose names hold historic significance.

But if I have to pick one drink that’s my favourite, it’s the Buckskin Sour, a smooth, herbal gin-and-Lillet delight that’s not unlike a Corpse Reviver No. 2 in sour form, but with cardamom syrup instead of Cointreau. The drink is named for the buckskin-coloured horses that used to be frequent visitors to Calgary’s East End Livery, located next door to The Nash. The horse-cocktail connection makes me think of that old saying, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” with a notable twist: You can lead Calgarians to these cocktails, but making them drink shouldn’t be a problem!

The Buckskin Sour isn't just beautiful in the glass, it's delicious to drink.

The Buckskin Sour isn’t just beautiful in the glass — it’s delicious to drink too.

Buckskin Sour

  • 1.5 oz Ungava gin
  • .5 oz Lillet
  • .75 lemon juice
  • .75 house-made salted cardamom cordial
  • Egg white
  • Garnish: 3 dashes Bittered Sling Grapefruit & Hops bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients except bitters with ice and serve straight up in a coupe. Garnish with three dashes of bitters, then draw hearts by swiping a toothpick through them.

— Recipe courtesy Christie MacKay, general manager, The Nash

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2 responses to “Drink of the Week: Buckskin Sour

  1. I still want you to make me a Gin Fizz every Friday even if the Nash is taking it off the menu!

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