Come 5pm, it’s time for a drinkie in our home. Most days it’s a glass of wine but last Tuesday, I was looking at the sprigs of lemon basil on the counter and thought of making a drink. My friend and beverage maestro, Jeff Bareilles, was over the night before to tinker with banh mi-inspired cocktails for the upcoming book launch party.
Jeff has a way with crafting cocktails from an ingredient up – not from the booze itself, but from an aromatic, fruit, condiment etc. Most bartenders let the spirits drive the cocktail, but Jeff lets other elements direct the cocktail. He adds the liquor to complement the featured ingredient.