For me cocktail recipes can come about in several different ways, but this one happened because my husband walked into my studio looked at a bottle and said “you should make a cocktail called Henry David Chareau”. I had to do some research, I am not an expert in Thoreau after all. I learned that, though he was a tee-totaler, he made a mean rhubarb shrub. And so this cocktail was born.
In addition to the Chareau liquor and the rhubarb shrub I decided to go with St. George’s Botanivore Gin. If Thoreau was going to approve of any alcohol it would probably be this one with its 19 botanicals and its bright, herbaceous flavor. The result is a simple three ingredient cocktail that is spirt forward and has an pleasant interplay between the sweetness of the Chareau and the tartness of the shrub. As it turns out aloe and rhubarb get along very nicely.
Henry David Chareau
2 oz. St. George Botanivore gin
1 oz. Girl meets Dirt Rubarb shrub
.5 oz. Chareau Aloe liqueur
Combine in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into coupe and garnish with a bit of trashy novel.