Lately Naoto has been surprising me with new types of bitters for my liquor collection. It’s a nice treat because it forces me to look up new cocktail recipes and because the bottles are small–our liquor cabinet and bar carts are overflowing but these tiny bottles tuck into small spaces perfectly! Last week he brought home Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters which led me to the Scrappy’s Bitters website. They feature loads of cocktails highlighting their different bitters. The Dr. Girlfriend caught my eye because it included grapefruit juice, gin, Aperol, and St. Germaine. I made a frittata for dinner and those cocktail ingredients seemed kind of breakfast-y to me. The cocktail was delicious–citrusy and floral and not very strong–definitely a good brunch cocktail. We snacked on Beer Nuts while the frittata was baking. Have you ever tried Beer Nuts? They were a sweet and salty snack before sweet and salty snacks were a thing and we used to eat them when I was growing up. They’re a Central Illinois thing, maybe? Naoto also helped me study some Japanese. (I can’t even explain to you how bad I am…and I definitely can’t explain how bad I am in Japanese!)
Dr. Girlfriend (created by Phil Thompson of Tavern Law & found via Scrappy’s Bitters)
1 1/4 oz gin
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz St. Germaine
3/4 oz grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed!)
1/2 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed!)
1-3 dashes of lavender bitters (We liked it with a few extra dashes of bitters!)
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy while studying Japanese.
* “Kampai” is the Japanese word for “Cheers”…I’ve got the cocktail words down pat!