A Green Pathway: Ann Arbor’s Bike Revolution
When Ann Arbor introduced its new protected bike lanes, it wasn’t just a stride towards safer roads; it marked a step towards a more sustainable, connected, and vibrant community. For those of us who adore the city’s pulsating energy and have yearned for its streets to be more biker-friendly, this was a moment of celebration. And what better way to mark such an occasion than with a drink? Enter, “The Bollard”.
Crafting The Bollard: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity
The Bollard is more than just a drink; it embodies the spirit of progress and respect for tradition and brings the comfort and protection of our friend the bollard. The base is a generous serving of American style Gin, which echoes the country’s rich history and its future trajectory. Lime is introduced, zesty and fresh, reminding us of the green pathways of the new lanes. Sweet Vermouth adds depth and complexity, much like the layers of planning that went into this city project.
Then, there’s the Green Chartreuse (or Genepy des Alpes). Its vibrant hue mirrors the vivid green of the bike lanes, and its herbal notes give a nod to Ann Arbor’s flourishing nature. A splash of Simple Syrup brings everything together, ensuring harmony and balance in the drink, just as the new lanes aim to provide balance on the roads.
Raising a (Bollard Shaped) Glass to A Brighter Future
The next time you’re in Ann Arbor, whether you’re taking a leisurely ride on its new protected bike lanes or simply soaking in its ambiance, remember to toast to the city’s progress with The Bollard. Here’s to safer streets, happier riders, and the perfect drink to encapsulate that joy.
- 1.5 oz of American style Gin
- 1/2 oz each of Lime
- 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
- Soda to fill
- Add gin, lime juice, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker
- Shake the concoction with ice.
- Strain into a tall Collins glass containing a large ice spear.
- Top off with soda.