If you're like me, you're always looking for new recipes to highlight The Pathfinder, an Amaro-like drink that is derived from hemp. So when I heard about a drink that was named after a ghost in a bar, I was intrigued.
Invented by Zachary Gelnaw-Rubin of Dutch Kills, the drink is named after a ghost that haunts the bathroom! It is featured in the classic book, Sasha Petraske's Regarding Cocktails and in the PDT Cocktail Book. Since it's such a highly regarded cocktail that I'd never heard of, I knew I needed to give it a try and give it a booze free spin.
The result is a beautifully balanced and complex cocktail where you can taste every little detail. It's not a looker by any means, but it makes up for that with ample flavor that is a refreshing change from your typical Black Manhattan. It's got the backbone of a tequila and the bold herbaceous and caramel notes of the amaro, which is lightened by the citrus. It all works beautifully -- I hope you try it!
Booze Free Debbie Don't
An unusual blend of tequila and amaro, makes for an ugly but tasty drink.
1 dash All The Bitters Aromatic Bitters
1 1/4 oz Ritual Zero Proof Tequila
1 1/4 oz The Pathfinder
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Put all ingredients into a shaker and top with ice
Shake vigorously for 10 seconds to aerate the citrus. You want the drink to have a foamy top when you're done.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.