For Camden Cash Mob’s first after-party at Fromviandoux Restauranton 20 Washington Street, bartender Mac McGaw designed the after-party’s signature cocktail. Cash is green and so naturally, the cocktail had to be green.
“And we also wanted something that was decidedly French, as well as refreshing,” he said.
The result was the Fromviandoux Flash. Start with two ounces of vodka, a half-ounce of Lillet Blanc, an ounce of cucumber juice, a half-ounce of lemon juice, and a half-ounce of simple syrup. Shake it over ice and strain into a tall glass. Top with a little bit of Crème Yvette and a little bit of extra cucumber juice. Top with a couple sprigs of mint. McGaw said he chose the Lillet Blanc (a French aperitif wine with almost a medicinal tang) as one of the primary ingredients because it added a nice spice and the cucumber puree because it was in seasonal at the time. See our video to see how it’s properly made.
The result, when done, looks like upside down Bomb Pop (remember those from ice cream trucks?) At the first sip, the refreshing taste of pureed cucumber comes through first. If a York Peppermint Patty can make you feel like you’re sluicing down a wintry mountain on skies, then the Fromviandoux Flash feels like you’re kicking back on an inflatable tire in the middle of a cool, northern Maine river, breezing down at a delightful clip on a sunny day.
On the night that the cash mobbers came in, McGaw said he sold about 45 of these cocktails. He’d gone through so many, he said had to mix up another batch of the cocktail. They drank it all. “It was a good crowd,” he said. “They seemed to be enjoying themselves quite thoroughly.”
Asked if it will now remain on the menu, McGaw said, “Actually, it was just sort of a one-off. It fulfilled its purpose.”
And like a green flash it was gone…