Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Top of the Hyatt’s Strawberry Rhubarb Gimlet

Rhubarb gives the cocktail a little earthiness to balance with the sweetness

It's shaken — you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps.
It's shaken — you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps.

The strawberry-rhubarb gimlet is the result of a quest to find the perfect San Diego winter cocktail, says Andrew Guerrera, Top of the Hyatt’s assistant food and beverage manager.

Place

Manchester Grand Hyatt

One Market Place, San Diego

“And since we are in San Diego, you want to put ‘winter’ in quotations,” he tells me. “We’re not New York or Chicago, so we were looking for something with a familiar homey flavor combination to brighten it up and make more mild — like a San Diego winter.”

According to Guerrera, as he developed the recipe, the biggest challenge was figuring out how to avoid “jamming” the drink.

Andrew Guerrera

“We had a hard time figuring out how to balance the sweetness from the jam and agave and also the drink’s viscosity,” he says. “We use a prepared jam — but we didn’t want the drink to be thick like a Mud Slide. So getting the right viscosity was the biggest balancing act we had.”

Besides possessing the right seasonal flavor, the strawberry-gin-lime combination, Guerrera says, connect with each other in surprising ways.

“You’re going to get some layers with this drink,” he says. “The first thing you’re going to taste is the strawberry, then the juniper from the gin, and the acidity from the fresh lime juice.”

What came next surprised Guerrera and his bartending team.

“The drink balances out with the rhubarb,” he says. “That’s what gives the cocktail a little earthiness to balance with the sweetness from the strawberries and sugar from the jam. It’s a shaken cocktail and, not getting into a whole lot of steps to prepare it, but given the flavors you experience, you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps to make the cocktail.”

Strawberry Rhubarb Gimlet

  • 1 ¼ oz. Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
  • 1 oz. strawberry rhubarb jam
  • ½ oz. agave
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 splash soda water
  • Add first four ingredients, shake and strain into a bucket glass, top with soda water, and garnish with 2–3 freeze-dried strawberries.
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The Tobacconist: Stogie story

His job is to sell pleasure and desire, cigars “hand-rolled tenderly by beautiful women on their thighs.”
Next Article

Jorge Hank's wealthy nephew heads for White House dinner

Tijuana billionaire's relative an AMLO invite
It's shaken — you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps.
It's shaken — you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps.

The strawberry-rhubarb gimlet is the result of a quest to find the perfect San Diego winter cocktail, says Andrew Guerrera, Top of the Hyatt’s assistant food and beverage manager.

Place

Manchester Grand Hyatt

One Market Place, San Diego

“And since we are in San Diego, you want to put ‘winter’ in quotations,” he tells me. “We’re not New York or Chicago, so we were looking for something with a familiar homey flavor combination to brighten it up and make more mild — like a San Diego winter.”

According to Guerrera, as he developed the recipe, the biggest challenge was figuring out how to avoid “jamming” the drink.

Andrew Guerrera

“We had a hard time figuring out how to balance the sweetness from the jam and agave and also the drink’s viscosity,” he says. “We use a prepared jam — but we didn’t want the drink to be thick like a Mud Slide. So getting the right viscosity was the biggest balancing act we had.”

Besides possessing the right seasonal flavor, the strawberry-gin-lime combination, Guerrera says, connect with each other in surprising ways.

“You’re going to get some layers with this drink,” he says. “The first thing you’re going to taste is the strawberry, then the juniper from the gin, and the acidity from the fresh lime juice.”

What came next surprised Guerrera and his bartending team.

“The drink balances out with the rhubarb,” he says. “That’s what gives the cocktail a little earthiness to balance with the sweetness from the strawberries and sugar from the jam. It’s a shaken cocktail and, not getting into a whole lot of steps to prepare it, but given the flavors you experience, you would think there are ten ingredients and five or six steps to make the cocktail.”

Strawberry Rhubarb Gimlet

  • 1 ¼ oz. Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
  • 1 oz. strawberry rhubarb jam
  • ½ oz. agave
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 splash soda water
  • Add first four ingredients, shake and strain into a bucket glass, top with soda water, and garnish with 2–3 freeze-dried strawberries.
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Music follows nature – the Moldau, Central Asia's steppes, the Alps, the Appian Way , cliffs of Cornwall

We find Siegfried resting under a linden tree
Next Article

Luna Bay Booch's San Diego origin story

Woman owned hard kombucha brand brewed elsewhere, now sold locally
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close