Floating Olive Branch


Grilled Nectarines:

2 nectarines, quartered and pitted

2 Tbs. Estilo Affinato di Modena

1 Tbs. Roasted Walnut Oil

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Ingredients for 1 Cocktail:

1 grilled nectarine quarter, peel removed

4 oz. ginger beer

2 oz. gin or rum

1 egg white


Mint sprigs and grilled nectarine slices


Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or prep charcoals for a charcoal grill. Lightly brush the grill grates with oil to keep the nectarines from sticking.

Place the quartered nectarines in a large bowl and drizzle with balsamic and walnut oil. Season with ground cinnamon and nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Once the grill is hot, add the nectarines and grill on all sides until grill marks form. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool.

To assemble the cocktail, remove the peel (or skin) from 1 grilled nectarine quarter and place it in a large shaker. Add the ginger beer and gin (or rum) and muddle until the nectarine is thoroughly ‘puréed.’ Add the egg white and fill the shaker half-full with ice. Thoroughly shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish the cocktail with a sprig of mint and a slice of grilled nectarine.