In the 1st of a 3 part series, three of our CHILLED 100 show-off their true colors with an original spirit that’s just right for sultry summer nights – NOLET’S Silver Gin.
The NOLET family has a rich history of distilling and with NOLET’S Silver they have created a very distinctive gin. In addition to the traditional botanicals, fruit notes such as peach and raspberry are present, along with exotic Turkish rose.
With my ‘No, Let’s Stay Together’, I wanted to create a refreshing summertime cocktail with some savory flavors that complement each other. I chose fennel and mint and opted to use the mint stems in the syrup (instead of tossing them) which yields a more interesting and in-depth flavor.
No, Let’s Stay Together
By Kate Emmerson
- 1 1/2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
- 1 oz. Fresh Fennel Bulb Juice
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Mint Stem Syrup*
- small pinch of Salt
Preparation: First whip (shaking all ingredients with just a few pebbles of ice until dissolved) then pour all contents into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint (saving the stem!) and add a dusting of fennel pollen for a nice touch.
*Mint Stem Syrup
Boil a quart of water, then pour into a cambro with 50 gr of mint stems. Steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add an equal part of sugar.
Meet Kate Emmerson
Chilled 100 Member, Los Angeles
Kate grew up in Rochester, New York and initially moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater and dance. Like others in the performing arts, she began bartending on the side, first at Raines Law Room, then at Death and Co. and Lantern’s Keep. In 2011, she moved to Boston, working as the Bar Manager at Jackson Cannon’s The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square. During her time there she was named one of Zagat’s 30 under 30, Forbes Magazine’s 40 under 40, The Improper Bostonian’s Bartender of the Year and Nightclub & Bar’s Bartender of the Month.
In 2015, searching for better weather, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she became the Bar Manager for The Walker Inn, recently cited by Eater National as having the Best Bar Program in the US and named by Time Out as the Best New Cocktail Bar in LA. After an amazing year working with and learning from the Proprietors LLC team there, Emmerson has decided to move on from The Walker Inn to figure out what the next great adventure is – primarily focusing on ways to help the service industry as a whole be healthier and make better choices. Don’t worry, she loves LA too much to leave it – and the taco trucks are pretty great.