The Red Forest

Rating (9)
“This Red Hook riff boasts a unique umami, balanced with bright tarragon. I love having guests try this drink, and then try to guess the flavor!”
– Laila Grainawi
  • 1.50 oz D’Usse Cognac
  • 0.50 oz BroVo Jammy Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.50 oz Shiitake & Tarragon Syrup
  • 3 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Candied Shiitake Mushroom

Bar Tools: Jigger or Measuring Cup, Mixing Beaker, Bar Spoon or Teaspoon, Julep Strainer
Glass: Nick & Nora

Each box includes all ingredients including garnish. Bar tools and glassware not included but can be ordered separately.

All orders for alcohol are fulfilled by Keystone Wine and Spirits, LLC.

  1. Chill Nick & Nora Glass by placing in fridge/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes (optional.)
  2. Measure and add all ingredients (except for garnish) to Mixing Beaker.
  3. Fill Mixing Beaker with ice, stir contents by placing shaft of Bar Spoon o Teaspoon between your index and middle finger. Insert spoon into the beaker until spoon touches bottom.
  4. Keeping your arm and fingers still, use your wrist to turn the spoon in the glass. The back of the spoon should touch the inside of the beaker at all times during rotation. The spoon will spin about in your fingers on its own axis. Stir for 15 seconds.
  5. Remove Nick & Nora Glass from fridge/freezer or if using ice water, empty the glass.
  6. Strain contents of Mixing Beaker using Julep Strainer into the glass. Serve up (no ice).
  7. Place your Candied Shiitake Mushroom garnish into the drink, as a cheeky nod to the ingredients.
  8. Cheers!
  • 1 D'USSÉ VSOP Cognac (375ml bottle)
  • 1 BroVo Jammy Sweet Vermouth (187ml bottle)
  • 1 Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters (15ml bottle)
  • 1 Cocktail Courier Shiitake & Tarragon Syrup (118ml bottle)
  • 8 Cocktail Courier Candied Shiitake Mushrooms

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Laila Grainawi
Cocktail Courier | Chicago
Laila Grainawi has always been a creative soul. When she graduated from art school (MICA) she started working as a graphic designer and a knitwear designer in N...

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Reviews (9)

Loved this bev of choice!

I was so surprised by the flavor in the beverage. I didn’t really know what to expect, given the very different drink ingredients, but it all came together quite nicely!

Tanaka C.
unlike anything else.

extremely unique flavor. very smooth and delicious. the chocolate bitters are a wonderful addition!

Kerri K.
Interesting combo

I had to try the mix per the directions and then my way…I liked my way, lol. I needed more of the sweet vermouth to give it a more enjoyable flavor.

Dr. Cladie S.
Amazingly Smooth and Surprisingly Enjoyable

We brought this one to a party without trying it first and the ingredients made a lot of my friends skeptical. Tarragon and chocolate? CANDIED shiitake mushrooms?!? No one thought it would work. Then we made it and they all raved about it! The flavors balance each other beautifully and the slight tarragon flavor keeps the whole thing from feeling too ‘dark’. It’s a slightly sweet, very smooth sipper and the perfect after-dinner drink or fireside accompaniment. The candied mushrooms add a lot of flavor as a garnish, but probably shouldn’t be eaten unless you’re a big mushroom fan. Regardless, it’s worth pulling this one out just to watch people’s faces change when they taste it!

Mark T.
The Red Forest

I was a little intimated by the crystallized mushrooms, especially with regard to a cocktail! The experience was delightful! So nice to try something that tastes as good as it is visually appealing! So fun!

Laura L.
Great Finish

It’s a bit sweet at first, and syrupy, but as a novice I don’t know how much of that is just a product of it being cognac or whether it’s this drink specifically. After a few seconds though, the umami really kicks in and it’s wonderful.

Andrew N.
Craig H

Strong but amazing, love it

Craig H.
Great Little Cocktail

I must say, I wasn’t too sure about this drink, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. Great little cocktail.

Laurie M.
Red Forest

Very good flavors. Wayyyy too sweet when prepared by the recipe. Cut the syrup at least in half when preparing.

Jere F.