Making a fabulous summer cocktail: Nick Ferrandino

Nick Ferrandino new world cocktail summer.jpg

Yes, it's as good as it looks.

AOA is taking a little R & R this week. While we're enjoying a little summer, we've rounded up a few experts to share their tips for making summer fun simpler. Enjoy!

One of our favorite ways to enjoy summer is with a cool cocktail out on the patio/deck/porch/stoop. So we checked in with New World Bistro Bar bartender Nick Ferrandino for help on making something delicious, but a little bit different. A Mayflower -- made a bit like a mojito, but with different ingredients.

So what's the recipe for this drink?

Plymouth Gin and St.jpg

The Mayflower

+ Muddle some cucumber and mint in a splash of St. Germain
+ Fill a glass with ice.
+ Pour a couple of shots of Plymouth Gin (I like to use Plymouth. Hendrick's would be good in this, too)
+ Shake it with a cocktail shaker.
+ Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.

Summer cocktail.jpg

OK, what is St. Germain?

This is great. It's an elderflower liquor. Not a lot of people know about it, but it's getting more popular. You can use it in all kinds of things. If you take a simple gin and tonic and add just a little splash of this, it elevates the whole drink. You can use a splash of it in white wine. It just changes the flavors and makes it really interesting. But just a splash.

What's the secret to a good cocktail?

Less is more. I'll give you an example. I was cooking beets the other night for the first time and the recipe called for vinegar, and I probably could have used about a third as much vinegar. It's like that with cocktails. You can always add more later.

Do you have a favorite summer cocktail?

I don't really vary from season to season. I'm a scotch drinker and I drink that year round. I think with wines, though, the switch from red to white in summer is very real. You see that. I find myself moving to white wines in summer.

I prefer making those older cocktails -- martinis, Manhattans, sidecars. Negronis are getting popular now. Now they have all of these flavored ingredients -- whip cream vodka. They actually have that now. I'm glad we don't carry it. They're like.... college cocktails.

I'm not a snob. I'll make them, but I'd rather have a clientele that drinks sidecars than whip cream vodka.

Nick Ferrandino is a bartender at New World Bistro Bar in Albany.

More Summer School:
+ Hosting a great barbecue: Christian Noe
+ Buying a bicycle: Carl Johnson
+ Camping with kids: Katie Beltramo

Comments

I have yet to meet a St. Germain cocktail I don't adore. I've had a similar cocktail finished with champagne or sometimes I'll make it with tonic water (which I'm more likely to have on hand). Delicious!

I'll have to try the Mayflower the next time I'm at New World, although it's hard to pull me away from the chipotle margarita.

That sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it!

I'm a Gin Gimlet gal, and I can honestly say the best version I've ever had in the Capital Region was from Nick at NWBB. Such a simple cocktail, and yet so easy to screw-up. Nick does it right!

Does this chap know how to make a Pimm's Cup?

As with all of the staff at NWB, Nick is very professional and knows his stuff. Not to mention, pretty darn handsome too.

I'd been meaning to try St. Germain forever...and thanks to Nick -- I got my wish. He added a splash to my G&T a few weeks back at NWB. Elevates is the right word. It was heavenly. Plus it's always a pleasure to see Nick :)

Just recently heard of St. Germain on a vacation to Lake Placid. I had a drink called a French Lemonade that was citrus flavored vodka, St. Germain, and fresh lemonade with a wedge of lemon!! So good!! I tried an Italian Greyhound at New World the other night and loved it!! I can't wait to sample so of the other wonderful drinks listed! I'll have to try the Chipotle Margarita at Valerae's suggestion.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (chilly), to spooky tours,... (more)

Gawking at the new Schenectady train station

In a bit of a surprise the new Schenectady train station opened this past Wednesday, a few weeks ahead of the announced schedule. The $23... (more)

A little push up the hill

Wrapped into my update this past week about what it's been like to use a bike as one of my primary ways of getting around... (more)

A collection of castle day trips

This part of the country is dotted with castle-like structures, full of history, mystery, romance, and fairytale. Here's a handful of castles that are within... (more)

Classics of Science Fiction at The Linda

A multi-day get-together called Classics of Science Fiction will be at The Linda in Albany November 1-4. Blurbage: Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business... (more)

Recent Comments

I ride every day to work, and also after work for exercise. I love the concept of being a person who happens to ride a bike. There's a level of bike riding, with the high performance gear and sleek clothing, that makes riding seem like its not for everyone. I try to avoid markers like that, and always wear regular clothing/shoes/backpack with dumpy-looking bike. One concession is bike gloves.

Gawking at the new Schenectady train station

...has 4 comments, most recently from Walter Clark

A collection of castle day trips

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jsc

A little push up the hill

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ryan H

Today's moment of mural

...has 3 comments, most recently from Rich

A year later I'm still using a bike to get around town -- here are a few thoughts about how that's worked out

...has 13 comments, most recently from Randal Putnam