Swig & Swill

The Hippocrene

the hippocrene

I was recently lucky enough to be asked by the fine folks at the Poetry Foundation to whip up a fancy-pants cocktail to celebrate 100 years of Poetry magazine. The cocktail was to be called the Hippocrene after the mythological fountain created by Pegasus. After much experimentation and some very helpful taste-testers, I ended up with:

The Hippocrene

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce ginger liqueur (domaine de canton)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mint tea (brewed at double strength) and chilled
  • 2 ounces dry, sparkling wine
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
  • Dash or two grapefruit bitters

Method

Single glass preparation:

Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine, basil, and bitters (if using) in a mixing glass over ice. Stir and strain into a glass and top with remaining ingredients.

Punch preparation:

Combine all ingredients (in greater quantities) except sparkling wine, basil and bitters in an adequately sized serving bowl, along with some large blocks of ice. It’s best to let this mixture chill and dilute a little while before adding everything else, but if time is short, it could be refrigerated beforehand and water (sparkling or still) can be added along with the rest of the ingredients at service time. The basil should still be added directly to the glass, as it is the aroma and not necessarily the flavor that you’re after. It would also be nice to garnish the mixing bowl with some citrus slices, for color and a generally vigorous appearance.

 

 

Fine Fixin's

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Watermelon Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Watermelon Salsa

Before the weather totally sets its mind on fall, it might be time to sneak in a final summery recipe. Here’s a tasty one that we’ve made a few times. The original recipe calls for bass and green tomatoes, but we used salmon and yellow tomaters since that’s what we had on hand.

Grilled Salmon with Tomato Watermelon Salsa

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped green tomatoes (1/2 lb)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped red watermelon
  • 2/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1 (2 1/2- to 3-inch) fresh red or green chile such as Thai or serrano, minced (including seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (6-oz) center-cut pieces salmon (or striped bass or mahi mahi) fillet with skin (1 inch thick)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Get your grill or grill pan heated up.

Toss together tomatoes, watermelon, onion, chile, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. (Do not make salsa more than 1 hour ahead or it will become watery.)

Pat fish dry, then brush with oil and season with salt. Grill fish, starting with skin sides down, on lightly oiled grill, turning over once until just cooked through, 8 to 9 minutes total.
Serve fish topped with salsa. Easy!

Serves 6. Adapted from Gourmet

Tomato & Watermelon Salsa