Harrison Ginsberg didn’t become the 2018 Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year just because his Seed Saver cocktail is delicious. The New York City bartender, currently at The Dead Rabbit, elevated his recipe with homemade genmaicha and apricot syrup, while keeping it cost-effective enough to be served in bars everywhere.
If you’re wondering why it’s called the Seed Saver, it’s because the recipe was inspired by the flavors of the Georgia Low Country, where the Bartender of the Year finals took place in 2018. More specifically, the recipe is inspired by family farmers who would passed down heirloom seeds from year to year, ensuring that future generations could taste the history of the Georgia Low Country.
The same process of passing down recipes is what allowed Heaven Hill, and American whiskey in general, to return and thrive after Prohibition. Ginsberg has created a mouthwatering homage to that history.
Take notes while you watch him make the Seed Saver. That balance of innovation and practicality could make you the next Bartender of the Year.
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