I suffer from decision fatigue. After making choices all day long, the thought of having to make anymore after work is enough to send me over the edge. As a result, I often try things that might not ordinarily be of interest just because someone else is choosing it for me.
Like on a recent trip to the Grand Café. We had come for the two glasses of sparkling wine and the pile of French fries for just $10, but quickly made the decision to switch to cocktails. Unwilling to make a decision, I asked the bartender for her recommendation.
At her suggestion I went with the 1620, a mixture of Plymouth gin, Nonino amaro, plum/thyme shrub and aromatic bitters. I am actually not that big of a fan of gin, but I didn’t have any better ideas, so I thought what they hey?!
Obviously, it wouldn’t be a very good cocktail commentary if it turned out that I hated the drink. I was surprised and delighted when I took the first sip. The cocktail had a very herbal quality about it from the Nonino amaro and the house made plum/thyme shrub (a method for preserving fruit). It was a refined drink with many levels of flavors that showed me I could enjoy gin.
This refreshing cocktail is one of the best drinks I never would have chosen for myself. In this case my apathy for decision making really paid off!
Check out Kristin Almy, head bartender at Grand Cafe, whip up this tasty concoction.[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwtekJdug7Y “]