With the balmy Palm Beach sea breeze, silver candelabras, and our pinkies up, we debuted The Longest Night this weekend at Saturday night’s Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival chef’s after party, The Cypress Room High Tea. Starting tomorrow, our winter tea cocktail will be available at the restaurant. Beginning with Hendrick’s gin and Gunsmoke green tea, Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed added the flavors of St. Germain, cardamom, lavender, lemongrass, tarragon, lemon and honey to create the delicate flavor of this drink. Served cold for two in a bone china teapot it is the perfect after dinner cocktail, or before. After all, it is the season to be fancy.
As we posted last week, The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed hit up Tales of the Cocktail, the annual fulcrum of the beverage industry where he witnessed The Cypress Room bartender Cricket Nelson take home the gold in the Bombay Sapphire’s World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition. The wining elixir? Love Game, a tea-based cocktail featuring Bombay Sapphire East gin which adds two new botanicals, lemongrass and black peppercorns to the original ten present in the flagship product. It’s the newest spirit from the House of Bombay in 25 years and is currently entering the Miami market. We’re excited to have some of the first bottles at The Cypress Room, and what better way to enjoy them than imaginatively in Cold Tea Service. Gone is Spring Fling. Enter our summer love ~ Love Game.
Beginning tonight, ask your friendly server or barman, or check out the bottom of The Cypress Room’s Bar Snacks menu to order Love Game, a large format cocktail for two served from our collection of distinctive tea pots which Ellie sourced from thrift stores around town. Cricket explains that it is the juxtaposition of English tradition and Asian inspiration, using Earl Grey Tea, Roses, Fresh Lemon Juice, Citrus Based bitters, Thai Basil, Rose Water, and lemon oil to complement the gin. The perfume of roses enhances the delicate floral nose of Sapphire East, while the citrus elements bring forward the Thai Lemongrass botanical of the gin. Fresh Thai Basil enhances Vietnamese Black Peppercorn, licorice, and other spice notes of Sapphire East on the palate. Once poured, guests are invited to finish the cocktail by twisting a lemon peel over their cup to release lemon oils over the surface of the drink before sipping. While the cocktail is served as recommended, some Rose Bud Syrup and lemon slices are provided so the guest may adjust to their taste, in proper tea service style. Voila! Cheers to an elegant Miami weekend from all of us at The Genuine Hospitality Group.