Today's featured Mixologist is Charlie Zeiler, Lead Mixologist at The Mix Up Bar at The Royal Palms Hotel in Scottsdale. Charlie grew up in a small town outside of Toledo, Ohio where his family had a mom & pop grocery store. He moved to Phoenix in 2000 and started his bartending career at the Pointe South Mountain Resort, now the Arizona Grand Resort. After moving to California for a year to work for Marriott, Charlie moved back to Phoenix where he opened JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. In 2013 Charlie joined Royal Palms Resort where he created the Green Acres Cocktail.
The Green Acres came about when Charlie was asked by Chef Paul McCabe to come up with a drink that would pair well with an appetizer made with English peas. Charlie says that the syrup from the snap peas reminded him of sweet corn and picking vegetables when he was a child and immediately brought to mind the Green Acres song. Paired with Farmers Gin Charlie tried the syrup in a few styles of cocktails before he decided it worked best as a Collins style cocktail.
Green Acres Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Farmers Gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 oz snap pea syrup
Mix all ingredients together. Shake and strain over ice into a Collins glass
Top with club soda
Garnish with snap peas
Snap Pea Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups washed snap peas
Mix sugar and hot water until sugar is dissolved and let cool down. This makes a simple syrup.
Add snap peas and simple syrup to blender and puree for 1 minute.
Let the mixture set for 1 hour, then strain through a fine strainer and store in a refrigerator.