ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE STONE MERIDIAN

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE STONE MERIDIAN Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Besides the clipped, leafy sprig of Sage w use to garnish it, our Stone Meridian cocktail doesn’t look like much. But when you order one —and you simply must—prepare to be as bewildered as you will be restored.

Served over ice in a tall tumbler, this unusual cocktail is comprised of House Spirits’ Aquavit—a local anise– and caraway-flavored interpretation of Scandinavia’s “Water of Life”—as well as freshly squeezed lemon juice and, because it’s still National Peach Month (for a few days, at least), a splash of our housemade peach soda, courtesy of our pastry department.

You’d think that what results would taste acidic, somewhat bitter and maybe a just little fruity, but you’d be wrong (we were).

Is that a trace of honey? A lingering flavor of coconut? After several sips, we decided that the Stone Meridian somehow tastes, impossibly, like a very nutty marzipan.

It’s as if Jessica Braasch, our Homegrown Wednesday cocktailier, were applying the principals of acupuncture, activating the meridian of our memories and dreams by using seemingly random and unrelated ingredients to heal and comfort places that we never even suspected of existing.

We know. It all sounds rather hubristic, right? But this herbaceous and only slightly sweet libation shouldn’t work like it works, but it does.

It’s puzzling. It’s magical. And it’s available only this Wednesday, so get ’em while we got ’em.