The hospitality industry has taken a huge hit due to COVID-19, but just as they always have, bartenders find ways to connect with their clientele—and we couldn’t be happier about it. During these dark days of self-isolation, one bright spot is that it’s an ideal time to learn new skills like leveling up on the art of crafting cocktails. That’s where mixologist Anthony “Professor” Baker is making his mark.
Pre-pandemic, Baker and the team at Momentum Mixology were running in-person events, classes, and various collaborations providing unforgettable experiences for attendees. Now as we wait for life to resume to some sort of normalcy, Baker has been leading a host of cocktail classes through Cozymeal, some spirits brands, and more—sometimes focused on one spirit (like tequila or vodka), one cocktail (like margaritas or mimosas), or one genre (like holiday)—and they’re booking up fast. He’s also dishing out plenty of knowledge daily in his Instagram updates. Baker, who’s worked at top city spots like RedFarm, The Grill, and as the Drinks Tournant at The Aviary NYC, has also collaborated with Liquor Lab and created a shoe brand designed specifically for bartenders call “Isshoes.”
This season, he’s keeping his bar stocked with Coconut Cartel Dark Rum, Hardy’s Cognac, fresh lemon juice, Cointreau, Fever-Tree club soda and ginger beer, and organic honey. One of the special drinks Baker created for the upcoming holidays, which he also teaches in class, is the Strawberry Shortcake Rum Fizz. “Originally, this cocktail started off as a summertime ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ Mojito, but now that autumn and winter months are right around the corner, I decided to convert it into a much more fulfilling cocktail,” says Baker. “To be honest, with ingredients like egg white and heavy cream, I think this particular marriage of flavors is more befitting of a fizz than a mojito. Although the gin is mostly associated with fizzes, these strawberry and cake flavors go much better with aged rum. The Fever-Tree club soda’s clean, super-bubbly character stretches the cocktail perfectly without adding any other unnecessary layers of mineral flavor. It’s a delightful cocktail to enjoy for the upcoming cold season.”
Strawberry Shortcake Rum Fizz recipe + preparation
- 1 whole strawberry, muddled
- 0.75 oz Agave nectar
- 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 oz heavy cream
- 1 egg white
- 1.5 oz Coconut Cartel Rum
- 2 oz Fever-Tree club soda
Method: Into a shaker, muddle 1 whole strawberry, crack 1 egg, and add the egg white. Then add the agave, lime, vanilla, cream, and rum, followed by ice. Shake for 3 minutes (yes, 3!). Wait 2 minutes, then top with club soda. Garnish with a thin slice of strawberry.
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