3/4 oz Absinthe (Pernod)
3/4 oz Ruby Port (Taylor Fladgate)
1/2 oz Mezcal (Del Maguey Vida)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
While sipping on the Naked Lady, I reached for our copy of A Taste for Absinthe. Since we had just purchased a bottle of Dolin Blanc Vermouth to make the Forty Virtues, I could now make the Night Porter which had taunted me previously. The drink was created by Jeff Hollinger of the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco. Beside the Dolin Blanc and the requisite absinthe to appear in the book, the recipe was rounded off with the smooth richness of ruby port and the rough smokiness of mezcal. With the combination of potent absinthe and mezcal flavors being balanced by sweet grape ones, the Night Porter had the makings of a good nightcap.