The Lady with the Blonde Hair

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
The lady with the blonde hair in a coupe glass
Image courtesy of Kursten Berry

Beverage professional Kursten Berry crafts cocktails using inspiration from her favorite people, activities, and art. The opening of Oreatha’s in late spring 2022 gave her a theme that aligned well with her creativity. The restaurant pays homage to mothers, and the maternal line runs deep: It was opened by Berry’s mother, chef and award-winning cookbook author Deborah VanTrece, and named for Berry’s grandmother.

Berry created this cocktail in honor of VanTrece. She says, “I just reached a point where I wanted to call her anything but Mom. It just sounded too casual, everyone I worked with, she was always ‘chef.'” Of all the monikers Berry tested, “the lady with the blonde hair” became her go-to. This sunny cocktail, with bright flavors of lemon and yuzu, reminds Berry of her mom’s love—and also her brilliant blonde hair.

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Makes 1 drink

  • 1½ ounces Citadelle French gin
  • ¾ ounce yuzu liqueur
  • ½ ounce ginger liqueur
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 squeeze simple syrup
  • Garnish: edible flowers

In a cocktail tin filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass.

  • Created by Kursten Berry, Oreatha's & Dulcet, Atlanta

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