Before patrons set foot inside Fogo Island Inn’s bar and lounge, they have already tasted the flavours of the Tenfold, a twig–topped cocktail created in celebration of the inn’s 10–year anniversary. On the rugged island off the east coast of Newfoundland, you cannot lick your lips without a smack of sea salt, take a breath without a waft of birch smoke, or cross a bog without tripping on a partridgeberry vine. These elements fold their way through life in the maritime outport just as they lap against the crystal cocktail glass.
“The premise of the cocktail began the same way we approach everything,” explains Scott Cowan, Fogo Island Inn’s sommelier and beverage manager. “We delve into where we are and what it means to be here.” Cowan rummaged through his grandmother’s recipes, sampled hundreds of blackened, fermented, and marinated ingredients in Sergeant’s Garage – the inn’s kitchen warehouse and food lab – and spent weeks coordinating the development of an amaro distilled with wild botanicals for a version of the cocktail that included caribou fat–washed whisky before it was ultimately scrapped.