1 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 oz Benedictine
2-3 drop Absinthe (Pernod Fils)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
I recently purchased the Latin Quarter Souvenir Book Of Cocktails & How To Mix Them which presents about a hundred cocktails served at Lou Walters' 1940's nightclubs in Boston, New York, and Miami. Walters' clubs were legendary for their dancers and showgirls who were "exquisite examples of perfect young American womanhood." Many of the drinks honor such "exquisite examples" as the one we made on Tuesday evening, the Joan Blondell. Blondell was a famous actress during that time; she started in the 1930's and won fans with her sexy wisecracking blonde persona, and her long television and movie career lasted until her death in 1979.