Last week I headed to Long Island City – a place I rarely frequent, but should more often. Located close to the Astoria border, Bear is American and European cuisine meticulously styled into beautiful pieces of modern art by Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky. Her brother Alex has just as much ingenuity behind the bar, pairing the drinks to go with the food as well as providing some amazing spring cocktails. They share with us a recipe for The Mermaid which goes quite well with the Oyster Pond (pictured to the right).
12-14 31st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11106
Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky putting the finishing touches on the Oyster Pond
To get that fresh cucumber and sage flavor, blend a large green cucumber with water and fresh sage. It will result in a delicious green juice. This juice should be stored in the refrigerator for at least an hour so that it becomes cold. You also want to chill your martini glass for at least an hour.
1) Put ice into shaker
2) Pour 1 oz of gin (preferably Hendrick’s) into shaker
3) Pour 1 oz of seltzer water
4) Pour 1 ½ oz of cucumber-sage juice
5) Shake well
6) Strain into chilled martini glass
7) Garnish with fresh organic pea shoots.