When Tom and I arrived at Lauren Gerrie‘s sixth ground walk-up on the night of one of many hottest days of summer season thus far, she—and her canine, Boot—didn’t hesitate. They simply went forward and whipped up a few one of the best Aperol spritzes we might ever had. (Boot’s contribution was nonstop barking.) The chilled Collins glasses, completely quadrilateral ice cubes, and fats wheel of orange rind have been refreshingly good. But the thrill after only one most likely had extra to do with hefty pours of each prosecco and Aperol, properly balanced with—watch for it—freshly brewed hibiscus iced tea!
As Marc Jacobs’ former private chef, Lauren unsurprisingly makes a extremely good cocktail. But this one tasted a lot just like the movie Dirty Dancing feels that I emailed her a pair days later for the main points.
She wrote again shortly:
“I at all times have room temp hibiscus tea in the summertime! I steep a big batch from dried blossoms I purchase at Dual within the East Village. Following a conventional spritz recipe I add a little bit of the tea for tang to stability the candy Aperol and for the colour—a shocking crimson purple. I comply with this recipe, and swap out the membership soda for tea. Get fancy with glassware and substitute different garnishes.
My thumb is cramping— Lauren“
Enjoy by way of Labor Day, everybody. Cheers to summer season Fridays!
Photographed by Tom Newton.