Giuseppe González, Suffolk Arms, New York, NY
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
30 ml (1 oz) simple syrup
30 ml (1 oz) Fernet Branca
30 ml (1 oz) Angostura bitters
1 fresh mint sprig, as garnish
Muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup in the bottom of a Julep cup. Add crushed ice and the remaining ingredients. Stir well, add more crushed ice to form a cone on top of the drink, and add the garnish.
gaz sez: In April, 2016, I was in Manhattan to conduct a Mindful Bartender presentation at a midtown hotel, so I figured I’d look at Giuseppe González’ new joint, Suffolk Arms, to see if it was really as fabulous as everyone had been telling me. It was. It was more than that.
I spent a delightful couple of hours in this joint, and my drink of choice was Giuseppe’s Magic Julep. It’s a delightful quaff, and Giuseppe is a delightful chap, too. Well done, Brother. You constantly take us to new heights, and amazingly, you’ve managed to open a 5-star craft cocktail bar that feels like a neighborhood hang-out.