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The Saint White Wine Cocktail

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This white wine-based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York's Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda.Farideh Sadeghin

This white wine–based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York's Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda. A second sip plants you squarely into fall: homemade ginger syrup adds warming, deep spice and vermouth a complex, honey-tinged backbone.

The Saint
This white wine–based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York's Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda. A second sip plants you squarely into fall: homemade ginger syrup adds warming, deep spice and vermouth a complex, honey-tinged backbone.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

FOR THE GINGER SYRUP

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (6") piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

FOR THE COCKTAIL

  • 3 oz. dry white wine
  • 1 12 oz. ginger syrup
  • 12 oz. Dolin blanc vermouth
  • 12 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Club soda, for topping
  • Orange bitters, preferably Reagans
  • Basil leaves, lemon peel, and mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine sugar, ginger, and 1 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over high; boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until sugar is dissolved. Chill overnight, then strain, discarding solids.
  2. Make the cocktail: Combine wine, ginger syrup, vermouth, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously and strain into stemless wine glass. Top with soda and 3 dashes of bitters. Garnish with basil, lemon, and mint.