La Berceuse

La Berceuse cocktail with tequila and strawberries

The name means “lullaby,” and the best pronounciation we can come up with is “bear shoes.” Invented by legendary barman Jim Ryan, this drink has such an unusual ingredient list that we nearly didn’t try it. If you’re feeling the same apprehension, you should know that it’s worth breaking out of your comfort zone to try this drink, because it’s an incredible showcase of the flavors of each ingredient becoming something more than the sum of its parts. Isn’t that what the art of drink is all about?

Ingredients

Instructions

Muddle the strawberries and nectar (or syrup) in a shaker. Add the lemon, tequila, absinthe and ice. Shake and strain into a tall ice-filled glass and top with sparkling water.

If you want to try a more intense version of this drink, leave out the sparkling water entirely and strain into a chilled cocktail glass – perhaps even one rinsed with absinthe beforehand.

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