Duncan’s Summer Grappa Cocktail

Why does Duncan Chase like working as lead bartender at Bon Appétit Management Company’s TASTE Restaurant? He says because hereally gets to have fun and be creative with the drinks he makes.

At the Seattle Chef’s Collaborative Seasonal Cocktails Meet & Greet, hosted at the Mistral Kitchen Patio Rooftop recently, I got to try Duncan’s grappa cocktail. It was so delicious that I asked him to share his recipe with us. Here it is, including some of TASTE’s producers — the perfect late summer cocktail for this long weekend.

Soft Tail Sparkling Sunset

Making a Soft Tail Sparkling Grappa

• 1 ounce Soft Tail Spirits grappa
• 2 medium-sized Hayton Farms strawberries
• 2 Growing Washington basil leaves
• Splash of simple syrup
• Splash of lemon juice
• Sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine in a mixing tin over ice cubes. Muddle.
Shake and strain. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling wine.