Cocktail Challenge: the Drawing Room's Cristiana DeLucca does her damnedest to "mask" Marmite | Chicago Reader

Cocktail Challenge: the Drawing Room's Cristiana DeLucca does her damnedest to "mask" Marmite 

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Marmite, the English version of the yeast spread Vegemite, which Aussie Josh Pearson of Sepia has tapped the Drawing Room's Cristiana DeLucca with.
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DeLucca assembles her materials, which include tomatoes, basil, the ginger liqueur Domaine de Canton, and North Shore Aquavit, which has flavors of cumin and caraway.
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Her goal, she said, was to "mask" the Marmite--"it's really, really gross."
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Place one bar spoon's worth of Marmite or Vegemite in the bottom of a mixing glass.
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Top with six to eight halved grape tomatoes. (If tomatoes aren't in season, add some simple syrup to sweeten.)
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Add six to eight fresh basil leaves.
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Add 3/4 ounce lime and 1/2 ounce agave and muddle.
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To the muddled mixture add 3/4 ounce Domaine de Canton and 1 1/2 ounce North Shore Aquavit.
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Add ice and shake vigorously.
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Double strain, using both a Hawthorne strainer and a tea strainer.
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Garnish with tomato and basil, and . . . enjoy?
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The Allison No. 1, named for DeLucca's niece.
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Marmite, the English version of the yeast spread Vegemite, which Aussie Josh Pearson of Sepia has tapped the Drawing Room's Cristiana DeLucca with.