Last fall, New York landed a new farmhouse-inspired eatery, Black Barn, with a seasonal New American menu helmed by chef and co-owner John Doherty (formerly of New York's Waldorf Astoria). Matching the restaurant's farm to fork focus is beverage director Jay Akin's drinks program, which celebrates both local spirits and fresh ingredients. Below, Akin shares a quick strawberry cocktail recipe.
3/4 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces gin, such as The Botanist
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 dried lemon chip (garnish)
Muddle strawberry with simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir to combine. Strain mixture into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with a dried lemon chip.