File This Cocktail Under "Why, God Why?"

Just because you love a particular meal doesn't mean you want to enjoy that meal as a cocktail, but maybe I'm alone here. After all, bartender Phoebe Esmon has created a pho cocktail (for those who aren't familiar, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup). So what goes into a pho cocktail?

To a base of gin or vodka, Esmon adds lime juice and a light homemade syrup infused with all the essential flavors that build a pho broth: star anise, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pecan, charred ginger and onions. She then shakes in mint, Thai basil, and cilantro (producing a "lovely shade of pond water," she jokes) and garnishes with her own pickled bean sprouts and an optional float of sriracha.

Thanks, but I'll stick to my chopsicks and soup spoon to enjoy my pho and maybe I'll sip a cocktail on the side.


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