Along with great bakeries, cheap booze, trendy brunch spots, and recent hipsters looking to put all that nonsense behind them and settle down, Greenpoint, Brooklyn is home to a sizable Polish population, as evidenced by the abundance of Polish language signs and cheap pierogis around Nassau Ave. I honor them with this summery swizzle containing the Polish favorite bison grass vodka, a sweet and spicy spirit, complemented here with the usual orchard fruit (pear brandy rather than the standard apple juice) as well as floral liqueur and pie spice from the falernum and bitters. Named for nearby McCarren Park, with a tip of the hat to the classic Queen's Park Swizzle. (Plus, Greenpoint Cocktail was taken.) Rafa García Febles, NYC, 2013.
1 oz bison grass vodka
1 oz pear eau de vie
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz falernum
3/4 oz St. Germain
1-2 dashes each of Peychaud's and Angostura, to top
1 mint sprig
Combine first five ingredients in serving glass and fill with pebble ice or crushed ice. Swizzle til well-chilled. Top with more ice, 1-2 dahes each of the bitters, and a thin lemon twist snaked around a slapped mint sprig. Serve with a short straw.