Pa’s Muleshine Cocktail

Gigi Bartender Mike Rosario with Pa's Muleshine CocktailGigi Head Bartender Mike Rosario put a lot of thought and care into this week’s featured cocktail. It’s our refreshing salute to the many hard-working Hudson Valley Father’s that maintain their yards, gardens, and properties on top of tending to their demanding professional schedules. PA’S MULESHINE is the perfect libation for any day, but it’s a particular ‘cin cin’ to dear ol’ Dad.

Pa’s Muleshine!

Makes 1 serving

  • 2 oz Moonshine
  • 1 oz fresh ginger beer
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • In a shake filled three quarters with ice, combine the Moonshine, ginger beer, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled mason jar with 3 to 4 lime slices.

Pa's Muleshine Cocktail at Gigi Trattoria

 

The Belmont Breeze

Belmont Breeze, by Gigi Trattoria’s Bar Maestro – Mike Rosario:

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 ½ oz Millbrook Bourbon
  • ½ oz sherry
  • Splash fresh lemon and orange juice
  • Topped off with a splash of club soda
  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled three quarters with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into ice filled Collins glass. Top with soda and enjoy!
The stakes are triple! Tonight enjoy Gigi Bar Maestro Mike Rosario’s BELMONT BREEZE  ½ oz sherry Splash fresh lemon and orange juice Topped off with splash club soda Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled three quarters with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into ice filled Collins glass. Top with soda and enjoy!

Belmont Breeze at Gigi Trattoria

Staff Spotlight – Mike Rosario

Michael ‘Mike’ Rosario – Head Bartender, Gigi Trattoria

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Michael moved to New York’s Hudson Valley in 2011. He began his career as a food professional more than 20 years ago and has since held just about every ‘front of house’ position. Michael worked with noted restaurateurs like Drew Nieporent and Charles Palmer, proudly assisting with the opening of Palmer’s American bistro Alva’s. His transition to Upstate New York was driven by the farm-to-table movement he saw going on in the City and strong desire to get closer to it.

Mike RosarioMichael’s migration from Brooklyn to the area first took him to a 7-acre property in Saugerties, NY where he enjoyed his first foray in gardening beyond the patio. More recently, Michael transitioned to a 22-acre property where he hopes to continue fruit and vegetable cultivation but also hopes to raise poultry and perhaps even try his hand at beekeeping. When asked if he misses the metro New York restaurant and food scene, he emphatically says “No way! What’s going on up here is so real and so close to the farms. I had been hearing about Gigi Trattoria and what they’re all about since 2003. I knew I wanted to work for this company because they really live it – I see the farmers and producers come in and out of the doors all day long.”

After a year of leading the Gigi Trattoria service team, Michael recently stepped into the role of head bartender. Not only does he continue a tradition of innovative seasonal cocktails that use the purees and infusions from local harvest as well as locally distilled spirits, but he also oversees the ever-vital ‘perch’ from the bar greeting incoming guests and assisting and mentoring our treasured service team. Whether dining at ‘the counter’ is your preferred experience or simply enjoying a drink (with or without alcohol) made with great care, come in and enjoy Mike’s full service approach. We look forward to sharing his imprints and style in the selections of our Mediterranean-inspired wine list and hand-crafted cocktails throughout the seasons.

Gigi Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

 

Whiskey Seduction

Whiskey Seduction

Whiskey Seduction: This sensuous cocktail brings a little extra warmth to the Valentine’s Day spirit. It is just slightly sweetened by the Chambord, but is truly a cocktail that can be enjoyed by all.

  • 2 oz Bulleit Rye
  • ¾ oz Cotes Du Rhone
  • ½ oz Black Raspberry Liqueur (Chambord)
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 with ice. Add the Bulleit, Cotes du Rhone, Chambord, and lemon juice. Vigorously shake, then strain into an ice filled glass (or serve in chilled martini glass ‘up’). Garnish with the lemon twist and enjoy immediately.

 

Amore Cocktail

Gigi’s Amore Cocktail

Amore: Bubbles and roses, what says “Amore” better?

    • 4 ounces Prosecco
    • 1 ounce blood orange juice
    • 2 to 3 drops rosewater*
    • Garnish with dried rose petals*

*Available in most gourmet and health food stores.

In a Champagne flute, combine the Prosecco and blood orange juice. Add a couple of drops of rosewater and garnish with dried rose petals.

 

We’ll be featuring them throughout the holiday weekend at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck. As of this posting, reservations are still available. To see our full menu specials, click here: http://goo.gl/srHXGm.

 

A Cocktail for the Season… Gigi Trattoria’s Autumnal Moon

Autumnal MoonExcited by the flavors of fall, Gigi Trattoria Bartender Extrodinaire Lisa Butenhoff put together the Autumnal Moon. She first prepares a ginger-Crown Maple simple syrup that has a sweet and spice harmony. Dutch Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine provides that ‘kick’ that balances all.

2 oz Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine
1 oz House made Crown Maple Ginger Syrup*
1 tablespoon rum soaked cranberries

*To prepare Crown Maple Ginger Syrup, combine equal parts of brown sugar (1/2 cup), water (1/2 cup) and Crown Maple Syrup (1/4 cup) with 2 ounces of sliced ginger root. Bring to a low boil, then turn off heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain and cool. Makes about 1 cup (16 oz).

Combine cranberries and syrup in a shaker and muddle. Add the ice and Dutch Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine. Shake vigorously. Layer bottom of rocks glass with cranberries topped with ice and strain. Enjoy immediately.

Gigi’s Autumnal Moon was recently highlighted in the Dutch Spirits newsletter! Read about it, here!

Gluten-Free at Gigi Hudson Valley

Gluten-Free Gnochetti at Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck

Our Gluten-Free Gnochetti at Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck.

Providing delicious options is what we do at Gigi Hudson Valley! While we’ve always offered flexibility and numerous vegetarian and vegan options in our menus, in 2007 we developed a gluten-free version of our popular Skizzas™.  Our guests have responded resoundingly! Just recently, Chef Wilson Costa ‘tweaked’ our gluten-free gnochetti, enjoyed by President Bill Clinton during his visit to Gigi Trattoria, so that they are as light and fluffy as any gnocchi anywhere!  Both are available with any of our toppings and/or sauces.

How do we do it? We take great care in training our culinary and service staff so that they not only understand how to present our farm-fresh fare, but also food intolerances and allergies. Part of our training program instructs our staff exactly how to communicate information to our guests and to each other (dining room to kitchen). With every seasonal menu change, our menu manuals, too, are updated – these revisions include phonetics of our menu items, ingredient lists of every offering, and especially important, designations that indicate whether the item is vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

National Celiac Awareness MonthNational support: We are now into our 3rd week of participation in “Chef to Plate”, a gluten-free restaurant awareness campaign (part of National Celiac Awareness Month). Our staff at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck and Gigi Market in Red Hook have been trained by the Gluten Intolerance Group and our management team to provide safe options for our gluten free community.

Gluten-Free Skizza at Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck

Our Gluten-Free Skizza™, available at Gigi Trattoria and Gigi Market. Designated by green checkered underliner. Peroni not GF!

Some offerings on our gluten-free menus:  In addition to our crispy Skizzas™ (available at Gigi Trattoria, Gigi Market and kits for home), and sumptuous gnochetti; other items are available throughout our menus. Sautéed items that are typically flour dusted can be made without, and most of our sauces are natural reductions rather than flour-thickened. Our management team and your server are trained to guide you.

Gigi Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gigi Flourless Chocolate Cake

 

If sweets are on your mind, Gigi Pastry Chef Danielle Gill prepares an incredible flourless chocolate cake and cheesecakes without gluten-containing crusts. At Gigi Market some of our gluten-free products include moist and flavorful brownies from Rhinebeck’s own Sweet Girl, biscotti and rugelach from The Gluten-Free Bakery: Chatham, and Food for All kaiser rolls and loaves for our burgers and sandwiches.

Offering delicious Hudson Valley Mediterranean flavors is a joy to me and the whole Gigi Team. Doing it responsibly and safely is sacred. As a registered dietitian, I have long been involved with working with people, so that eating healthfully and safely is a delight, not a chore. Buon Appetito!

Laura

For more information on gluten intolerance, please visit http://gluten.net.

After a recent visit to Rhinebeck earlier this month, Maria wrote us this wonderful “Thank photo-mg2You” letter:

Dear Trattoria Gigi Team,

I was at your restaurant last Saturday. I was traveling with a person with celiac disease. We arrived from New York City to spend the weekend in your beautiful area.

Traveling with my friend is not easy. She has a very high intolerance to gluten. We did lots of research and saw that your restaurant was trained by the Gluten Intolerance Group (https://www.gluten.net/resturants/find-a-restaurant). This reassured her. It is always nerve wracking to trust some strangers when you know that can get badly sick after eating.

Your staff was very welcoming and knowledgeable. They made her feel at ease. It was my birthday, but we did not mentioned it. We had very nice food and great time. We had a salad and a skizza for dinner. The next day we wanted to visit your marketplace in Red Hook, but the hotel messed up with the wake up call. It means that we definitely need to go back to Rhineback.

Thank you so much for the lovely experience. You cannot imagine how something so simple and easy such as eating out can turn into a nightmare for somebody with celiac disease. You helped to make my day even more special. Keep up the good work!

Best,

Maria

 

Gigi Invitational Golf Tournament

Last Saturday, the first annual Gigi Invitational Golf Tournament was organized by Per Paulsson, and held at the Red Hook Golf Club.

Good fun was had by all 12 players, “caddies,” and supportive “fans.”  Thirteen year old Paul Du Toit plucked the prize of “Closest to the Line;” Rhinebeck artist Patrick Madden took “Closest to the Pin;” and Blue Vase CEO, Pete Santoro took second place. The grand trophy, a special edition of Gigi Olive oil, went to Rhinebeck Judge “Willie” Sanchez.

Paul Du Toit

Per Paulsson & “Willie” Sanchez

“Willie” had some amusing remarks upon accepting his prize.

 

T.G.I.F. Cocktail – Blackberry Sour

The end of another long work week. Excellent. As we are wont to do, we wanted to give you a T.G.I.F. cocktail that was delicious and seasonal, but we also wanted to put a twist on it. You might be surprised at one of the ingredients, but trust us, it is delicious!

This is our take on the traditional Amaretto Sour. We’ve partnered up with Rhinebeck’s hottest new store Pure Mountain Olive Oil. Their all natural flavored balsamic vinegars are appearing in our cocktails, salads and sauces. I’ve also introduced them to my colleagues at Just Salad and we hope to be making new dressings with them there soon! Their balsamic vinegars are wood aged in the 900 year old Modena tradition; they are rich, syrupy and balanced in acidity. Since it’s Blackberry season (berries are ripe for the picking at Greig Farm), we asked our Gigi bartending phenom, Lisa Butenhoff,  for her take on a traditional cocktail using this finely crafted artisanal product and local blackberries. We’re serving it “up,” but you could also lighten this up to a “spritzer” by serving over ice and adding a nice splash of seltzer.

1 ½ ounces Amaretto (we use Disarrono)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of Pure Mountain Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar
Handful of fresh blackberries

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Optional garnish: fresh blackberries and orange slice strung through a long decorative toothpick. Enjoy!

-Laura