|Star anise floating in vodka|
Every season I experiment with a different batch of flavored vodkas. When I'm done I gather some mixers I think might be appropriate, make lots of ice and make sure I have plenty of clean glasses. Then I host an evening with a few women friends which we've come to call Cocktail Lab. All three invited guests - Diane Fargo, Lori Firpo and Rebecca Winzenried - are all well-traveled, been wined and dined and do their fair share of cooking. They are Foodies with sophisticated palettes, a pretty tough crowd. Together we compose a drink which I then shake up for us and split into four short glasses. Then we all taste and discuss. Alterations are made and the next cocktail is attempted and so on and so forth until the recipe has been perfected.
Come and sample the finished creations at the next tasting on Saturday, February 12 from 4 - 6pm at Prospect Wine Shop, 322 Seventh Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.