It’s rare to find a liqueur that gets better by adding more non-alcoholic ingredients, but that’s the glory of Jardesca. The aperitif is a combo of white wines, eau de vie, and 10 botanicals. By itself, it’s tart and a bit think on the tongue. But start throwing in stuff, and that’s when the fun begins.
Pour it over ice, the way the bottle tells you to, and Jardesca’s boutique opens up: it’s now like a Pink Martini song, playful and light. Throw in a citrus twist, and out comes a sweetness that wasn’t there before. And smash some basil on top off all this, and it tastes like the booziest salad of your life. Ask Mr. Hi-Time for some more tips on how to make Jardesca great—in the meanwhile, someone give me more citrus twists, stat!
Jardesca is available at Hi-Time Wine Cellar, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463; www.hitimewine.net