The Dutch: New York

  • Photo by Cordero Studios, www.corderostudios.com
    Left: The Bellweather. Right: Dutch Courage. From left: Muriel Grateau Senso Blanc round tray; Moser double old fashion glass; Muriel Grateau glass; all from Gearys, www.gearys.com. Photo by Cordero Studios, www.corderostudios.com

When Josh Nadel constructs a cocktail, he reaches beyond the bar and into the pantry. His Bellwether, for example, is built on red bell pepper juice punched up with cayenne pepper and chili oil. "There are a lot of savory food elements in the glass," says Nadel, beverage director at the Dutch. "Even the earthy complexity of the reposado tequila."  He tempers those smoky low notes with lemon juice and Créole Shrubb, an orange liqueur enhanced with two types of rum and Créole spices, for a beautiful balance of acidity and heat, smoke and spice.

His second cocktail, Dutch Courage, could not be more different: A gin drink made with Genever, a Dutch spirit that has more weight than the typical Tanqueray or Beefeater, it is shaken with Mandarine Napoléon (a Cognac liqueur made with Corsican oranges), grapefruit and lemon juices, and—again from the pantry—marmalade. He salts only half the rim—"so you have a choice."

Yet as different as the two cocktails are, both play well with chef Andrew Carmellini’s pristine oyster sprinkled with shards of spicy granite. Just choose your partner: Savory and earthy, or salty and citrusy.

THE BELLWEATHER
11/2 oz. Herradura tequila reposado
1/2 oz. Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb orange liqueur
1 oz. red bell pepper juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
3/4 oz. lemon juice
2 pinches cayenne pepper
3 drops chili oil
Orange slice

Place all ingredients except the orange slice in a cocktail shaker. Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with the orange slice.

DUTCH COURAGE
Citrus Salt (recipe below)
2 oz. Bols Genever
3/4 oz. Mandarine Napoléon liqueur
3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. orange or kumquat marmalade
1/2 grapefruit slice

Moisten a 1/2-inch rim of a rocks glass and dip into Citrus Salt. Set aside. Add the spirits, juices, and marmalade to a cocktail shaker, and shake very hard over ice. Strain into the rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with the grapefruit slice.

Citrus Salt: Using a Microplane or standard zester, finely zest grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime, and combine 1 part zest to 3 parts Kosher salt. Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

FRESH OYSTERS & BLOODY MARY GRANITE
3 c. tomato juice
2 tsp. horseradish
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
6 oz. vodka
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. celery salt
24 freshly shucked Wellfleet or Kumamoto oysters on the half shell

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the oysters and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap does not touch the liquid. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mixture is partially frozen. Using a fork, scrape the mixture to create a slushy texture, then return it to the freezer until it is partially frozen again. Repeat the scraping process until the mixture is completely frozen and scraped, forming a granite. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons of granite on top of each freshly shucked oyster, depending on its size, and serve on a bed of crushed ice. Serves 8.

From Around the Web...
Código 1530
A small-batch, family-made tequila goes global for the first time…
The Macallan x Urwerk Flask 2
When Swiss engineering meets Scottish distilling, the result is instantly collectible…
Macallan 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000)
The Macallan’s limited release of a 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000) from its Sherry Oak line...
That Boutique-y Gin Company launches a new series of groundbreaking gins from innovative craft...
Glenmorangie Pride 1974 ($9,050). Photo by Anna Isola Crolla
Glenmorangie’s new Pride 1974 whisky is a knockout…
Riedel Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glass, $69 for a set of two
An exquisite new way to enjoy rosé, just in time for summer…
These blends of rare old malt and grain whiskies elevate the art of blending to new heights…
Glenmorangie Bacalta
This limited edition from the legendary distillery is destined to become a collector’s item…
Photo by Damion I. Hamilton
Cuban cigar legend Montecristo turns 80 with a big party at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in Napa...
The 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is “an all-Chardonnay cuvée, in the style our ancestors created,” says  Taittinger
A classically trained artist, Vitalie Taittinger is furthering her family’s traditions in Champagne…