I’d like to introduce you to Joy Flanagan. She’s the best bartender (and it’s not just me saying that) at one of my favorite local bars. Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA serves a steady stream of original and interesting dishes made with seasonal local ingredients that are always great — and the ever-changing cocktail menu is similarly delicious. I was inspired to ask her to do this after our recent annual barn party (over father’s day weekend). Facing an overwhelming harvest, we served up pitchers of fresh-from-our-garden strawberry sauce and an impromptu daiquiri bar was born when just hours before the event, I fb’d my guests to bring bottles of tequila and rum. More than eight large pitchers of strawberry sauce were consumed; our simple strawberry sauce + booze + the occasional lime recipe was clearly a hit, but in the aftermath (and as I nursed a tiny hangover at Armsby’s delicious brunch the next day) I was hankering for something a bit more civilized. Joy’s drinks are always sophisticated and thoughtful and I can’t wait to learn from her and upgrade my more crude bartending skills with fresh pickings. In this series Joy is going to be sharing some of her original recipes for cocktails that feature the best of the season and this, the Strawberry Spritz, is the first.
Strawberry Spritz – A Seasonal Strawberry Cocktail Recipe:
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