Welcome back to the Mixologist Diaries, we took a bit of a break during a few hectic weeks, but it's time to belly up to the bar once again. This week, we're cruising on down to the base of the Town Lift for a midday après surprise from The Cabin's cocktail master, Marcus Mair a.k.a. Yeti, who has been there for six years. Instead of mixing something from The Cabin's winter cocktail menu, Yeti treated us to a drink he's dubbed Northern Lights.
If you were to assign a celebrity personality to the drink, Yeti claims it would be Chris Farley. "You never know what to expect," he says, "but it's going to stick with you." Northern Lights has quite an intense floral flavor and is on the sweeter side, though not overpoweringly so. Its creation is a multi-day process that includes drying a dozen roses for three days and carbonating blood oranges. But the key ingredient in the mix is without a doubt the B'lure Butterfly pea flower extract, which gives the drink its final color change from blue to purple when added to lemon juice (hence the name Northern Lights). The blossom is native to tropical Asia and its vibrant blue hue has made it a popular natural food coloring for centuries, most recently for designer cocktails at bars around the country. If you want to try this drink without making it yourself, then head over to The Cabin during the more relaxed, off-peak daytime hours when Yeti and the other mixologists there are happy to accommodate any off-menu requests, including Northern Lights. "If it's a relaxed afternoon, you should feel free to experiment," says Yeti. "You just have to tell us what you don't like."
Northern Lights Recipe
Couple of leaves of Fresh Mint
1 oz. Bacardi Mango Liquor
1/2 oz. of St. Germain
Couple dashes of orange bitters
1/2 oz. of housemade rose simple syrup
1/2 oz. of 99 Bananas
B'lure Butterfly pea flower extract
1 oz. of lemon juice
Combine mint leaves, orange bitters, Bacardi, St. Germain, Rose Syrup, and 99 Bananas in a shaker; then muddle to expose the flavor of the mint. Add ice and shake. Strain into a stir glass filled with ice. Add two squeezes of Butterfly Pea Extract and stir for vibrant blue color change. Add lemon juice to a chilled martini glass and strain mixture in. Add a rose petal and a blood orange slice as a garnish.
You can follow along with Yeti whipping up the Northern Lights here: