Further North, A Bitter Melon-Infused Cocktail

January 26, 2017

Courtesy Andrew Call, Bacchus Bar, Portland, OR

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At first glance, this is a deceptively simple maple-and-apple drink. But the key ingredient here is saké infused with bitter melon—a gourd some experts say offers beneficial health properties. Put it all together, this is a complex cocktail, as aromas and flavors meld and unfold as the crushed ice melts.

(Call uses Momokawa, an Oregon-made saké, but says any crisp, dry saké will do the trick.)