The drink: Crimson & Clover
The bar: The Toucan & the Lion (342 East 6th Street, 212-275-8989)
The price: $12
The ingredients: Tequila, lime juice, fresh muddled raspberries, green peppercorn simple syrup
The buzz: The fanciful drink menu at The Toucan & the Lion, a new gastropub in the East Village with an Asian flare, boasts tropical ingredients like Kaffir ginger-infused rum, fresh coconut water, and house-made pineapple shrub. But the bar’s greatest concoction is a green peppercorn simple syrup, which gives the Crimson & Clover a complex spiciness that plays off the drink’s sweet muddled raspberries and splash of sour lime juice to perfection. It’s not exactly a seasonal drink, but it’s definitely what you need be sipping on in these last days of winter, while you’re dreaming of warmer weather to come.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 9, 2012