By Warren Bobrow, Cocktail Whisperer
Pavan, a new and most expressive liquor, has captured my imagination. I discovered this liqueur through social media, where many such great discoveries have taken place in recent months.
Years ago I accompanied my family to France. We were traveling up in the mountains and the season was springtime. Flowers burst from the snow in profusions of color against the stark white backdrop. Flowers and White Muscat grapes are the basis for the flavor elements contained in each metered sip of Pavan.
I remember sipping tiny glasses of these liqueurs after dinners of local venison stew served with spring onions and tiny potatoes so perfectly cooked that all others pale in comparison. The liqueurs were crystallized moments in flavor memories. When I opened the top of the Pavan bottle, handsomely designed in an Art Deco style reminiscent of Erte, I smelled my travels from years past. Captured in each sniff is the South of France, expressed through the wine grapes and the herbal preparations that are gathered in the mountainous regions of the country.
Pavan is a dream vacation to France in every small sip. This 18% alcohol aperitif is creative and bold in the glass. I recommend enjoying it iced with (the very French) Perrier in the Lemon Essence as an aperitif with a grapefruit zest, or perhaps combining a bit of Pavan with a teaspoon of orange marmalade and some Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral water in Pink Grapefruit essence. Garnish this one with a slice of wood charred grapefruit for a smoky kick to the glass.
Pavan is, in my opinion, most intriguing when mixed with freshly squeezed lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange juices. I love the addition of Casa Noble Reposado Tequila in addition to the perfumed elegance of the Pavan liqueur. The honey-like finish of Casa Noble Tequila shows very well in this drink. This is a hand made, USDA Certified Organic Tequila and it melds into the background adding depth, along with the perkier elements of the always freshly squeezed citrus juices. Then in a tip of the hat to the season of growing fresh herbs, I've included a pinch (no more!) of rosemary. If you use too much rosemary the subtle elements of the Pavan will be lost, so pinch your herbs carefully.
You don't want your cocktails to taste like a potpourri pillow in your grandmother's house.
The Bobolink Cocktail - influenced by alchemist Jonathan White of Bobolink Farm
• 3 oz. Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
• ½ oz. Pavan Liqueur
• ½ oz. each: orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit juices
• ¼ oz. Agave Nectar
• A splash of Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in Pink Grapefruit essence
• 2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
• Fleur de Sel (sea salt)
• A pinch(!!) of rosemary
1. Combine all the juices and the liquors into a Boston shaker filled ¾ with bar ice.
2. Add the Agave Nectar.
3. Add a couple hits of bitters.
4. Shake for 15 seconds.
5. Add a splash of the Perrier Sparkling water.
6. Add a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel over the top to balance the flavors.
Serve in a rocks glass with a pinch of rosemary.
Makes two really lovely cocktails.
Cheers from DrinkUpNY!
Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys.