It’s easy to get trapped by the siren song of ever-popular margarita Mondays. Tequila can be more than a punch of booze. The right kind, used in a cocktail designed to hit all the taste marks (not just sweet and sour), elevates the spirit. In this case it also uses a seasonal star: Local strawberries. They peak here from about early June through July and give a refreshing sweetness.
The resting point cocktail uses that fruitiness to round out the spicy tequila and herbaceous chartreuse, something that David Marzano, bartender at Pentimento in Stony Brook, fell in love with one cool spring evening at East Village mainstay PDT. “It’s balanced with fruity, herby, tart, sweet and peppery notes—this drink has something for everyone,” Marzano said. His version employs Maestro Dobel Reposado, a unique blended tequila that is distilled into a clear liquor yet retains a crisp, sweet spice from barrel aging. For home bartenders any reposado tequila will do, as long as it balances agave pepperiness and subtle wood sweetness.
Resting Point Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Maestro Dobel Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz agave syrup
1/2 oz yellow chartreuse
1/2 oz Punt e Mes Vermouth
2 strawberries from farms like Condezellas Farmstand, Lewins and Golden Earthworm
Muddle one strawberry with the agave syrup and lemon juice, add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a strawberry on the rim.