DOTW: Friday After Five

Posted by Anita on 03.02.07 3:38 PM

Friday After Five (c)2007 AECWe’re all down with eating seasonally here in the Bay Area. But how about drinking seasonally?

California growers coax most popular citrus fruits into year-round abundance, so it’s easy to forget that these tart treats — especially many of the obscure varieties — are truly winter fruits. Specifically, sour oranges like Bergamots and Sevilles have a painfully short harvest each January or February, a fact that oddly endears them to many aficionados. This same scarcity has inspired countless generations of English cooks to put up marmalades, to extend this slice of winter sunshine as long as possible.

I’m so enamored of specialty citrus that we’ve planted a miniature grove in our tiny yard: A full size Meyer lemon, a dwarf Bergamot, and a shrub-size Makrut (kaffir) lime. The bergamots we harvested this week were zested for a micro-batch of bergamocello; I hope next year we’ll have enough to make preserves or at least make a small batch of bergamot orangettes (would that be bergamettes?). But these same few fruits yielded just enough juice for a round of one of my favorite cocktails, dubbed the “Friday After Five” in honor of the eGullet thread that spawned it.

If you can’t find Bergamots, feel free to substitute fresh grapefruit juice. It won’t taste the same, of course, but then — like favas and peaches and sun-ripened tomatoes, in their turn — the drink’s fleeting flavor is part of the charm. If you’re anything like me, the haunting scent of Bergamot may even be enough to make you wish for winter in the summertime.

Friday After Five
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
3/4 ounce bergamot juice
1 dash Herbsaint, absinthe or Pernod

Shake over ice, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a bergamot twist, if desired.

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8 Comments

Comment by Chubbypanda

A cocktail with Bergamot juice? You’re a genius.

Posted on 03.02.07 at 4:03PM

Comment by Anita

Panda, I wish I could take credit for the genius of this cocktail, but its inventor is an eG member named Trillium. Click the link in the main post for the story.

Posted on 03.02.07 at 4:19PM

Comment by Phil

Fantastic! I live up in Portland, and my local market had some Bergamots in once last month ($10/lb!). I used the juice in a Sidecar variation and a Pisco Sour. I was inspired in the PS by reading about Audrey Saunder’s Earl Grey MarTEAni “a clean, Brit take on a Pisco Sour”.

I did some infused vodka with the zest. I still haven’t tried vodka yet, but I’m definitely going to have to think about incorporating it with this recipe.

Thanks for spreading the bergamot love!

Posted on 03.04.07 at 12:11PM

Comment by murray stenson

Seattle’s ZigZag Cafe was gifted with bergamot juice last year by a California goddess. The handful of customers that sampled the Friday after Five cocktail are still talking about it. Thank you from Seattle!

Posted on 03.05.07 at 6:54PM

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[...] Just recently at the market, I happened to come across fresh bergamot fruit, and having been waiting over a year and a half since reading about the following recipe at Married with Dinner, I snapped up the last one and made the following: Friday After Five – Married with Dinner [...]

Posted on 03.29.09 at 8:23PM

Comment by trillium

Wow. I had no idea my cocktail had such a wide circle of admirers. That makes me happy. Bergamots and their oranger cousins, the Sevilles, really are some of the best things about winter.

cheers!

Posted on 01.22.10 at 4:44PM

Comment by Anita

Oh my gosh, yes! I just told three more people about this drink last night, and a whole room full at a party last weekend. Thank you so much for this cocktail — one of my all-time favorites. :)

Posted on 01.22.10 at 4:47PM

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[...] Just recently at the market, I happened to come across fresh bergamot fruit, and having been waiting over a year and a half since reading about the following recipe at Married with Dinner, I snapped up the last one and made the following: Friday After Five – Married with Dinner [...]

Posted on 05.01.10 at 10:38AM

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