Pin It

Cocktail Challenge: caraway seeds 

A Carnivale-esque twist to pastrami on pump

The caraway seed-infused Caralac

The caraway seed-infused Caralac

Alison Green

When Carnivale bartender Luis Rodriguez received his challenge, caraway seed, from the Paramount Room's Allison Hagio, he says the first thing he thought of was a pastrami sandwich, the meat piled high on pumpernickel bread. As it happened, Carnivale executive chef David Dworshak had some house-made pastrami on hand. Coiled on a toothpick, it serves as the garnish for Rodriguez's "very Carnivale-like" cocktail based on tomato water, made from tomatoes grown on the restaurant's roof, and Bombay gin infused with toasted caraway seeds.

The Caralac

½ oz lime juice
½ oz agave nectar
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz Bombay gin infused with toasted caraway seeds
1 oz tomato water (strained, freshly squeezed juice)
dash of Angostura bitters
slice of pastrami

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with crushed ice and strain into a chilled martini glass, garnishing with a slice of pastrami rolled up and speared on a toothpick.

The sweetness of the agave and Lillet balance the acid of the tomato water and lime juice, Rodriguez said, "but the caraway seed is the main star."

Who's Next:

Rodriguez has challenged Patrick Henaghan of Michael Jordan's Steak House and Roka Akor with chicken bouillon, "cube or powder."

Slideshow
Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac
Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac

Luis Rodriguez makes the Caralac

Luis Rodriguez of Carnivale demonstrates the Caralac, his cocktail flavored with caraway seeds.

By Kate Schmidt

Click to View 10 slides

Pin It

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Kate Schmidt

Agenda Teaser

Other Stuff
Bites, Blooms, and Bordeaux Lincoln Park Zoo
July 29
Performing Arts
Apes of Wrath Second City E.T.C.
June 26

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories

Follow Us

Sign up for newsletters »

 Early Warnings
 Food & Drink
 Reader Recommends
 Reader Events and Offers
The Many Moons in Our Solar System