The Story Behind The Mimi
Los Angeles-based photographer, DJ, and entrepreneur Leslie Kirchhoff shows cocktail enthusiasts how ice cubes can take center stage in her book "Disco Cube Cocktails." Featuring more than 100 cocktail recipes, Kirchhoff also offers tips on creating playlists and how to polish ice to make the perfect cube or sphere.
Kirchhoff recalls that, upon discovering she lived near a peppercorn tree, the tree became a source of inspiration for her cocktail creations. “The leaves quickly became my favorite garnish, adding a faint peppery scent and a tropical vibe,” she writes in "Disco Cube Cocktails."
The ingredient was used to full effect in The Mimi, a delicate and refreshing cocktail made with gin and fino sherry. The alcohol is shaken with ice, lemon juice, and a pink peppercorn and fennel-infused simple syrup, after which it is strained and poured into a glass laden with a polished cube filled with fennel fronds, pink peppercorns, and leaves from the tree itself.
Kirchhoff garnishes the drink with additional peppercorn leaves, which, even if you don’t have access to a tree of your own, can be easily purchased online.
Pink Peppercorn Fennel Cubes Ingredients
- (makes 4 cubes)
- 4 fennel fronds
- Pink peppercorns
- Peppercorn tree leaves (optional)
- 2-inch clear cube mold
Pink Peppercorn Fennel Cubes Directions
- Place 1 fennel frond in each compartment of the mold, then add pink peppercorns and leaves, if using.
- Fill the mold with water and freeze until solid, about 30 hours.
- Remove the cubes from the mold, polish them, and keep frozen until ready to use.