The Heart-Shaped Box is perhaps one of the most criminally-underappreciated cocktails in the Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails book. Created by Brad Farran, it’s an explosion of inventive flavors with a perfect balance between sweet, spiced, and tart elements.
That little bit of balsamic vinegar is a master stroke, uniting the strawberry and lemon and cinnamon with its rich, raisin-y flavor. The whole thing smells incredible, like a newly-discovered fruit on some distant planet.
- 1 whole Strawberry
- 2 parts Cognac or Brandy
- ¾ part Elderflower liqueur
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ¼ part Cinnamon syrup
- ½ tsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 dash Aromatic bitters or Creole bitters
Muddle the strawberry in your shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake. Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer into a short glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a strawberry half.
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- Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald