TheTouch of Provence Cocktail was so delicious when my husband and I had it at Petit Trois restaurant in Studio City that we went on a mission to reverse engineer it the following day. Locating a Rye whiskey was easy. Originally we went with Rittenhouse Rye but finding the illusive Byrrh Grand Quinquina (pronounced Beer) was not as easy.
A bit about the Byrrh Grand Quinquina in this cocktail.
Byrrh Grand Quinquina is a 19th Century recipe originating in French Catalonia that combines mistelle (un-fermented grape juice), wine, quinquina bark (quinine) and other exotic spices and botanicals that are aged in oak barrels. The flavor of this unusual aperitif is one of ripe fruit and strawberry jam mixed with bitter quinine and spice. It is said to pair well with blue cheese.
Finally locating the crucial ingredients, I worked on recreating the Touch of Provence Cocktail (renamed). It’s a fairly simple recipe and it took just a few tries to get the measurements right.
If you like whiskey, this may be a cocktail for you.Print
A touch of France.
2 ounces Rye
1/2 ounce Byrrh Grand Quinquina
Juice from half a lemon
Small splash of agave syrup
Sprig of lavender for garnish.
Fill a shaker with ice.
Pour all ingredients into shaker, shake vigorously then pour into martini glass.
Garnish with a lavender sprig.
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: Shaker
- Cuisine: Mixology