After all the rich (but amazing) food we ate over the Holidays, I just had to insist on sharing something clean, bright and refreshing to kick start things for the New Year.
It may seem silly to peddle an obviously summer drink in the middle of a cold, wet Mendonoma winter—but I can’t think of anything better to get my mind off the chill than an herbaceous, salty-sweet cocktail.
Authentic Nước Chanh Muối is made with a slightly different preserved lime than what I call for here, but June Taylor’s Salt Preserved Bearss Limes will make a believer out of you, too. Her addition of pink peppercorns and California Bay Laurel leaves add a bright punch that plays well with the verdancy of the Seedlip Garden 108 as well as the fresh, muddled herbs.
A Seedlip Nước Chanh Muối is great on its own, or it also pairs remarkably well with spicy cuisines such as Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese and various flavors from south of the border.
So, if you should find yourself in the Mendonoma area, be sure to head on over to Surf Market to get a bottle or two of Seedlip, some June Taylor Salt Cured Bearss Limes and the rest of the supplies you’ll need!
Seedlip Nước Chanh Muối
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES ● SERVES 1
- 1 wedge of June Taylor Salt Cured Bearss Limes
- 1 bar spoon of fine grain sugar
- Handfull of minced, fresh herbs (see notes)
- 2 ounces Seedlip Garden 108
- Ice, as needed
- San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, as needed
- Put the preserved lime wedge, bar spoon of sugar, herbs and Seedlip Garden 108 into your highball glass and thoroughly muddle.
- Drop several ice cubes into the glass and then finish things off by filling it with San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water until the glass is completely full.
- Stir and garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
You can’t go wrong with the classic Vietnamese flavors that fresh basil, cilantro and mint will lend here. Definitely use the freshest herbs you can get your hands on, and never under any circumstance should you use dried—the texture would be way too gritty to make it enjoyable.