KNOCK ON WOOD
1.25 oz. Willibald gin 1 oz. Asbach German brandy .75 oz. smoked black-cherry syrup * 3 dashes tobacco bitters
*SMOKED BLACK-CHERRY SYRUP
1. Using pitted dark black cherries, smoke for 20 minutes using alder wood chips
2. Make simple syrup (1:1 sugar and hot water)
3. After cherries are smoked, let them steep in simple syrup overnight, drain and reserve cherries to dehydrate for garnish.
Add all ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into Old Fashioned glass over large ice cube. Garnish with dehydrated smoked cherries.
Melissa Baumunk of Lokal at The Walper Hotel serves up her winning drink.