Railtown Catering knows how to throw a great party. The reason to celebrate? A brand new menu of culinary delights and craft cocktails.
And while they’re more frequently making magic happen backstage, last night Railtown Catering stepped into the limelight to play host.
By day, the Railtown Cafe is one of the best spots in the city to get a salad and an Americano. At night, however, it transforms into the perfect party setting, lit up with chattering guests spilling out into the street. Inside, chefs moved rhythmically around the bright show-kitchen, fueled by the bass emanating from the DJ booth stationed across the room. Endless platters circulated in and out of the kitchen, lasting no more than a few seconds in the crowd before every delicious bite was snapped up.
The bar was churning out just as many tasty creations as the kitchen, so making friends with the bartender proved to be a rewarding strategic alliance – we scored the recipe for the most popular cocktail of the night.
And now we’re giving it to you.
You’ll need to break out a few kitchen tools and spend some time in front of the stove, but trust us: it’s worth it.
2 oz gin
1.5 oz apple juice
0.5 oz apple-ginger gastrique*
0.25 oz lime juice
2 oz ginger beer
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Build cocktail in a Collins glass, add ice and stir. Garnish with lime wheel.
A gastrique is a traditional French formula, equal parts sugar and vinegar, often used as a garnish for meat dishes. Here we sweeten it up, and add the ginger for added complexity:
1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
2 cups organic honey
100 g fresh grated ginger
Add ingredients to a saucepan and heat. Stir to dissolve honey, then simmer for 30 minutes. Cool then strain to remove ginger solids. In this recipe the apple cider vinegar and natural apple juice mellow out the naturally sweet gin. Sticking with the autumn theme, the honey, ginger, and angostura bitters add darker notes of flavour, while the lime and ginger beer add a snappy edge.
There you go. Now prepare to impress your next guests with your newfound cocktailing ability.