ORIGINAL SPIRITS: FORBIDDEN FRUIT

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: FORBIDDEN FRUIT Tuesday, January 31, 2012

As you may already know, the Mojito Cubano (muddled mint leaves, freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar and rum) is sort-of a sister-cousin to Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, which is made with freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar and, in lieu of rum, cachaça, a clear liquor made from fermented sugarcane.

Last summer, the young women in our sweets department brewed up an electric pink lemon-verbena soda, which we realized was perfect ingredient for the Tears of Isis, our twist on a sort of sister-cousin to the Caipirinha.

But summer’s long gone and the holidays are over, and while now may be the time to dream of equatorial beaches, we’ve still got several more months of clouds whose music we must still face.

So what better time than when the days are darkest and short to present you winter dreamers with a wintery sort-of sister-cousin to the Tears of Isis?

Courtesy, once again, of our cocktails and sweets teams, this collaborative invention is a sort of a second-couisin to the sister-cousins of the Caipirinha and Tears of Isis cocktails. All we did was swap out the lemon-verbena soda with a pomegranate-thyme soda.

That may sound simple enough, but the devil’s in the details, right? Among the new ingredients used to make up this festive pomegranate brew are lemon zest, cinnamon sticks, ginger, chili flakes and thyme.

Made with an earthy-tasting cachaça distilled in wooden and cooper vats by Boca Loca (which translates, literally, as “Crazy Mouth”), our Forbidden Fruit will help get you through your winter as you dream of the spring ahead.