The aroma of balsam fir tips conjures memories of a walk through the woods. So it’s pretty surprising that the flavour of the syrup in this frothy drink is more likely to remind you of cotton candy. Balsam Fir syrup is a must-try for die-hard locavores and foraged-goods fans. Balsam Fir grows abundantly all over Canada in dense forests such as The Boreal Forest. Not a forager? Don’t fret, you can order balsam fir tips online.
THE BOREAL COTTON-CANDY COCKTAIL
Makes 1 drink
1 fresh egg white
1 1⁄2 oz vodka
3⁄4 oz blue Curacao
1 oz Balsam Fir Syrup
Place egg in a shaker. Shake until very foamy, at least 20 seconds. Add remaining ingredients. Dry shake until incorporated. Add ice and shake again until chilled. Strain into large flute or Collins glass. Top with club soda. Gently stir to mix.
BALSAM FIR SYRUP
Place 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) water and 4 to 5 balsam fir tips in a small saucepan. Bring just to a simmer. Let cool completely. Fine strain. Reserve balsam fir tips for another use (see recipe xx). Syrup will keep well, refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 month.
Makes 1 1⁄2 cups (375 mL) syrup