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Saint Balthazar

Saint Balthazar cocktail
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Madison

Named for one of the three biblical magi along with Caspar and Melchior who was said to have visited the infant Jesus in the manger, this Pisco Sour-ish drink by Danny Kuehner, the bar manager at Madison in San Diego, contains a drop or two of fragrant frankincense, often used in aromatherapy. “Frankincense is believed to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system, containing properties that reduce feelings of anxiety, stimulate the immune system and diminish signs of aging,” says Kuehner. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces pisco
  • 1/4 ounce crème de cassis
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil (NOW Foods or similar)
  • 1 egg white (or 1 ounce aquafaba) 
  • Garnish: edible flower

Steps

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass.

  3. Garnish with an edible flower attached to the rim with a small clothespin.