Fall scents and flavors remind many of the sound of leaves crunching under rain boots, home-cooked meals with loved ones, and, depending on the outside temperature, family gatherings around a roaring fire.
But the joys of autumn don’t have to necessarily end in late December, when winter officially kicks off. Sometimes, all you need is a favorite fall cocktail to transition you comfortably to a new season. 2 Spring’s Martinelli attempts to do just that.
“The inspiration was making a refreshing, fall-style drink that resembled Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider,” says Jordan Lari, restaurant director at 2 Spring, an American brasserie created by Claudia and Michael Taglich, and Chef Jesse Schenker in the heart of Oyster Bay. “We wanted to make something that was like a soft drink — but very fall flavored and refreshing, but still boozy.”
The ingredients in the Martinelli include Bulleit Bourbon, Laird’s Applejack, Bénédictine, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, apple cider, chai, and lemon.
“We start by making an apple cider syrup by reducing apple cider with chai tea,” Lari says. “We then mix this syrup with Bulleit Bourbon, Laird’s Applejack, Bénédictine, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, lemon juice and water.”
They then carbonate the drink by using a DrinkMate soda maker.
“It’s like apple pie soda,” Lari says. “It’s as simple and delicious as that.”
Even though the cocktail was created with autumn in mind, they plan on keeping it on the menu throughout winter, for good reason.
So far, the drink has been well received.
“The hardest part is making enough to keep up with the demand,” he says.
2 Spring is located at 2 Spring St. in Oyster Bay. It can be reached at 2springstreet.com or 516-624-4211.