Raspberries and cream is a delicious, easy dessert. But the duo’s appeal is not relegated to after-dinner treats. The two ingredients can also be enjoyed in cocktail form and utilized in drinks like the one you see here.
She’s No Gentleman is a rich and tasty scotch cocktail that can warm you up on even the coldest winter days. Rather than fresh raspberries, it calls for Chambord, a dark purple liqueur from France that is sweet and viscous with notes of bright acidity.
“One of the most common misconceptions about Chambord is that it’s a one-note spirit,” says Julia Ebell, the creative director at The Gibson in Washington, D.C. “Raspberry is the star, but don’t forget the other flavors: vanilla, honey and citrus peel.” She says that the vanilla flavor works especially well with smoky spirits like scotch and mezcal and also with funky flavors like those found in rum and pisco. And the liqueur’s honey notes are a great match with high-tannin teas.
Ebell’s recipe features blended scotch, Chambord, cream and homemade Earl Grey syrup. The scotch provides a solid base for the heavier ingredients to stand on, while the floral syrup adds a welcome hint of bergamot-provided citrus and black tea tannins. She’s No Gentleman tastes great any time of year, but its rich warmth and berry sweetness are particularly effective when combined with a cold night and a roaring fire.
- 1 1/2 ounces Black Bottle blended scotch
- 3/4 ounce Chambord
- 1/2 ounce cream
- 1/4 ounce Earl Grey syrup*
- Garnish: lemon peel oil
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a chilled coupe.
Express the oil from a lemon peel on top, then discard the peel.
*Earl Grey syrup: Brew 1 Earl Grey tea bag in 1 cup of almost-boiling water according to package directions. Add 1 cup sugar while the tea is still hot, and stir to combine. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Discard the tea if it becomes cloudy.