By Stefanie Gans
Dish: Pain & Pleasure, $14
Where: Trummer’s on Main, Clifton
Taste: “Oh baby!” is what my dad screamed after a sip of Pain & Pleasure. My dad loves spice—hence his order of something with the word pain in the title and jalapeno in the description—but can’t handle it that well. We passed the drink around the table, smiling, and then making an o-shape with our mouths. The heat was fast approaching.
Trummer’s serves this cocktail like a glass of wine, with some of the drink in the glass, and with extra in a mini carafe. The ice cube occupies most of the martini glass. It’s a simple puree of de-seeded jalapenos and water, frozen into a gigantic sphere. Brewed hibiscus flowers, with elder flower syrup, lend the drink a cosmopolitan hue (my dad’s favorite drink) and micro cilantro act as garnish. The booze involves Herradura tequila and Imbue vermouth, but the jalapeno screams for attention, just like my dad.
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