By now, scarves and plush sweaters should be part of our daily lives. Same goes with smoky Scotch and piping hot toddies. But the temperature fluctuations that are prolonging putting our flip-flips into storage are having an equally disorienting effect on our drinking tendencies. What should be a transitional moment has come to define the whole season, and it calls for a drink that’s as mellow as it is hardy and refined as it is playful. It calls for a cocktail like the Maiden Fair, a fitting and welcomed holdover from the summer menu at Catalyst in Cambridge.
Virtually a jazzed-up rendition of the classic French 75 (gin-lemon-sugar-bubbles), this one employs grenadine to heighten the tartness and apricot liqueur for an earthy, full-bodied sweetness. Vibrant enough for the sunshine yet grounded in complexity, its flavors make sense even when the weather doesn’t.
THE MAIDEN FAIR
Makes 1 drink
1 ounce Beefeater Gin (or any London dry-style gin)
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce grenadine
½ ounce Giffard Apricot (or any apricot liqueur)
Sparkling rosé, to top
1. In a cocktail shaker, pour gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and apricot liqueur over ice. Shake
vigorously for 10 seconds.
2. Strain into a flute.
3. Top with sparkling rosé.
Adapted from CatalystLiza Weisstuch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @livingtheproof.
A previous version of this story misnamed the cocktail. It is called the Maiden Fair.