In A FEAST OF YOU, Book 3 in my The Epicurean series, Catherine Kelly and her friends Allison and Dana, enjoy a girls’ night out at Hutch Morrison’s signature restaurant, Morrison Hotel. Smokin’ hot, heavily inked ex-rockstar Hutch is now one of the most lauded chefs on the planet, but he’ll never turn his back on his rock-n-roll roots. Morrison Hotel’s menu completely changes a few times a year and each new menu is inspired by a rock album. Sticky Fingers is the current theme and Hutch’s plays on American Southern cuisine and “foods of his youth,” pay homage to the iconic 1971 Rolling Stones album. Allison orders a fancy cocktail called the “Faithfull,” which is named for Marianne Faithfull, who co-wrote “Sister Morphine,” with Keith and Mick. The drink itself is a play on Southern Sweet Tea, with a kick. Bon Appetit!
Ahead of time: Make Ginger Simple Syrup
1 C sugar
1 C water
2” piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
Combine in a small sauce pan and bring to simmer over medium-low heat.
Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 15 minutes
Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, then let it cool.
For each cocktail, combine in a cocktail shaker:
2 oz. bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
1/2 oz. ginger simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. brewed black tea (cooled)
Shake slightly, strain over fresh ice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.