The new Atlanta restaurant King + Duke features this thirst-quenching strawberry cocktail reminiscent of the lemon and tea combination of the classic Arnold Palmer.
Just in time for strawberry season bartender Lara Creasy's Southern-themed cocktail is an homage to noted Florida writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' most beloved of books, The Yearling which won a 1939 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
By Lara Creasy
1 ounce Bulleit Bourbon
1 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea
½ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
1 muddled strawberry
Muddle strawberry in a mixing glass. Add other ingredients and ice. Shake well. Double strain into an Old-Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a piece of fresh strawberry.
The Yearling was written by Rawlings in 1938, which was also made into a movie in 1946, starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman.
The somewhat depressing tale is about a former Confederate soldier and his wife who become pioneer farmers in Florida in 1868. Three of the family’s children have died, and their only surviving child, Jody, adopts a fawn for companionship and names him Flag. Once the fawn grows into a deer, it starts to eat the family’s crops and—what gardener can't relate—become a nuisance to the parents, leading to grave consequences.
The drink uses Florida strawberries, along with a Rhubarb Tea liquor which harkens back to our early pioneer farmers in its botanical mix of rhubarb, beets, carrots, and spices. The Bulleit Bourbon is my sardonic tribute to poor Flag the fawn.—Lara Creasy