Sandra Lee Drinks the "One-Thumbed Gypsy"
Starting October 17 at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel, Sandra Lee's Taverns, Lounges & Clubs will take you into the coolest bars in America for one-of-a-kind cocktails. Among the neighborhood watering holes and elegant cocktail lounges featured on the show, Sandra visits Chicago's chic tapas bar Tavernita and Barcito to score a behind-the-bar lesson from master mixologist Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros.
He shares the story (and recipe) of his amazing cocktail creation, the "One-Thumbed Gypsy":
A couple of years ago I was traveling in southern Spain. While in Sevilla, my companions and I kept hearing about an incredible flamenco troupe that was headed by a legendary old guitar player. He had played around the world for many years and garnered a reputation as a true virtuoso. Recently he lost a thumb in an accident and disappeared, seemingly into obscurity. After a year in seclusion, he re-emerged and had completely re-taught himself how to play without the use of his thumb.
I was privileged enough to see him perform, and it was an utterly life-changing experience. This is my humble homage.
… And the shrimp is supposed to be his other thumb.
Combine the cachaca, Red Pepper Saffron Syrup, lemon juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Dash the bitters on top for aroma. Garnish with thinly sliced red bell peppers and the shrimp.
Puree the peppers in a blender with about 1/2 cup water. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan. Add the sugar, 2 1/2 cups water, the paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder and saffron. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Yield: 4 cups.