Tyler Gushaty’s Regional Award-Winning Jardin Frais

The winning cocktail at Edmonton's Made With Love competition

Tyler Gushaty’s Jardin Frais. Photo by TasyBPhotography
Tyler Gushaty’s Jardin Frais. Photo by TasyBPhotography

His table was heaped with bunches of thyme and the fruits of his labour; the apples still clinging to branches as if hastily harvested enroute to the competition. There was no time to clean up. Wearing a T-shirt smudged with dirt, and work pants with the cuff rolled up to the ankles, Tyler Gushaty looked like he came fresh from the garden.

When you realized Gushaty’s cocktail entry for the Made With Love (Edmonton) regional competition was called the Jardin Frais, the details—even the dirty ones—made sense.

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The idea for the cocktail came to Tyler Gushaty of North 53 in a dream, he says, but with moves as smooth as 25-year-old single malt Scotch, the real dreaminess is watching this bartender in action. Gushaty has the ease and confidence of a seasoned veteran, and gives full credit to the late Brendan Brewster for teaching him the ways of mixing like a pro.  

The Jardin Frais speaks of summer days ripe with sunshine, fruit and the fragrance of thyme.

Made by a pro, easily made by you. Go ahead, get dirty; make one tonight.

1 ½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 sprig fresh thyme, muddled
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch sugar
3 dashes chocolate bitters

In a cocktail glass, muddle thyme. Add ice and the remaining ingredients.

Shake to dilution, double strain into a chilled coupe.  Garnish with fresh thyme sprig.