The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs, “Beet Me in St. Louis”: Anyone heard of The Flavor Bible? I mentioned the Flavor Bible the other day … this is where I heard it mentioned. Because of my husband I have a special fondness for anything beet!
One of his favorite inventions is a unique beet-
infused gin cocktail he calls the “Beet Me in St. Louis.” He created it for his fiance on her first Mother’s Day and says he drew inspiration from their relationship. Early on, the two had bonded over a shared love of Beefeater martinis and beets.
“I really wanted to encompass our relationship in a glass,” he says.
To make the infused gin, Phillips skinned and chopped fresh red beets and put them in a jar with the gin for three days. “Then I had this beautiful beet gin and no idea really what to do with it,” he says. So he turned to The Flavor Bible.
“[It’s] essentially a cookbook that lists all of the flavor pairings of different ingredients and how they go together,” he says.
While paging through the book, Phillips discovered that beets go well with honey, ginger, lemon juice and tarragon, so he set to work on a cocktail that used those flavors. He says he perfected it on the first try.
“I went home that night and I made it for my fiance,” he says. “She loved it. … It just kind of coats your entire mouth with happiness and all the way down. It’s just beautiful.”
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs (Hardcover)