Wild Foraged Cocktails Recipes - Spring

May 27, 2017

Sazerac Forage & Fils on the rocks in the woods

Into to the Woods Cocktail Recipes ~ Spring Edition with bartender Fred Lemieux

Delicious wild edibles are unfurling from the forest floor, spring tree tips & beloved bogs. Early bird Stinging Nettles, Sweet Gale catkins, pollen rich Elderflowers, and coniferous vitamin C rich spring tips. Long time Whistler Bartender & pal Fred Lemieux collaborated to create these amazing wild cocktails recipes crafted with foraged botanicals and teas from Namasthé Tea Co. We forage year round in the pristine mountains around Whistler for seasonal botanicals crafted by our Herbalist led forage team. Wild mixology brings a depth of unique aromatics, health benefits and the pleasure of foraging sustainably wild botanicals from Pacific Northwest bounty.


Here are 2 wild tea cocktails with a unique off the beaten path twist.

Into the woods bartending with Fred Lemieux

TIPS:   Infuse your foraged botanicals in the gin atleast a day before hand but best to infuse them longer depending on the extraction needs. Some botanicals have strong astringents or bitters constituents which are fine if you want to make bitters and medicinal astringents to tone. But for the subtle fresh chlorophyll greens of spring tips, volatile aromatic oils less is more. Basic simple syrup recipes work perfect to infuse the sweet licorice, birch sap and orange hued medicinals of the birch bark.  Foraging respectfully, taking only what we need and asking permission before then leaving something in return for the medicinal plants giving of themselves as a gratitude ritual.

 “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Tree Hugger Sour 

Tree Hugger Sour in coupe in the moss

 Gin infusion of two favorites: Spruce tips and Sweet Gale Cones (Myrica Gale/ Bois-Sent-Bon). Spruce tips are widely used in beer, tea and simple syrups. Sweet Gale were originally used in beer brewing pre-hops, as a wild game spice, medicinally and in spirits. Fred used Bombay Sapphire Gin, not the overproof, although our herbalist founder Isabelle Ranger would have loved to get a bottle for crafting tinctures of roots, barks and resins that require higher proof to extract all constituents. A story for another blog.

Birch Bark & Licorice fern infused simple syrup  or in short "Barch" for repeating too often. 


Tree Hugger Sour coupe with foraged ingredients

Tree Hugger Sour Recipe:
2 oz. foraged spruce tips and sweet gale cones infused Gin.
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed organic lemon juice.
Organic egg white from fresh egg or 3/4 oz. pasteurized egg white ( or vegan option)
1/2 oz. hand chipped Birch bark and licorice fern infused simple syrup.
Shake all ingredients and serve up in coupe.
Garnish with sweet gale twig and 3 drops of angostura bitters.



 Sazerac Forage & Fils

Sazerac Foage & Fils cocktail by the campfire

True spirit of wild; the great Canadian outdoors, camping trips surviving the incessant assault of mosquitoes. It's main aroma & flavor happens to also be the best camping insect repellent: Smoke. 

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~ John Muir  

Sazerac Forage & Fils Cocktail crafting in the woods


TIPS: Use a torch to light your cedar plank then cover with glass to capture the smoke. Time the torching after you stir to make sure you maximize aroma and taste.


Sazerack mis en place in the woods with bitters

In this particular smoking cocktail, Fred used a double smoking action effect. First he prepped the glass by smoking them over a torched Cedar plank paired with smoky Lapsang Souchong Tea infused in your favorite Brandy, to create the double smoked effect.

Birch Bark & Licorice Fern same as Tree Hugger Sour 


Sazerac Forage & Fils Recipe:

2 oz. Lapsang Souchong infused brandy
1/2 oz. Birch bark & Licorice fern syrup.
4 dashes of creole bitters
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Stir on the rocks for 15 seconds
Expressed oil from lemon skin over glass and discard.
Served up in cedar smoked rocks glasswares.


Cedar plank smoking with torch to smoke glass for Sazerac Forage & Fils

Enjoy these by the camp fire, patio BBQ with friends or in solitude in the wild of the mountains. With the smoke cedar plank and torch special effects this is one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Bartenders looking to source these wild ingredients can find them www.namasthe.ca or contact us hello@namasthe.ca

 "In wildness is the preservation of the world." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Cedric and Fred enjoying a Tree Hugger Sour

Fred is available bartending & consulting. Follow us on instagram @freddymcshaker @cedgerv @namastheteaco


Cédric Gervais, Fred Lemieux & Isabelle Ranger


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