I explained the concept in the announcement post, "But what does Mixology Monday Cocktail Chronicles' mean? I figured that we should look to Paul's magnum opus and digest the theme of it all -- what is timeless (or potentially timeless) and elegant in its simplicity. Paul commented in his interview, '[it]'s wonderful to see that level of creativity but simplicity is going to be the glue that continues to hold interest in the cocktail together. The moment that we make cocktails too difficult or too inaccessible to the average guest, the average consumer, then we start losing people.' Paul does support a minor tweak of a major classic as well as dusting off a lesser known vintage recipe like the Creole Contentment; in addition, proto-classics like the Chartreuse Swizzle and the Penicillin intrigue him for their potential to be remembered twenty years from now. Moreover, he is a big fan of the story when there is one whether about a somewhat novel ingredient like a quinquina, the bartender making it, or the history behind a cocktail or the bar from which it originated. Indeed, I quoted Paul as saying, 'If I write about these and manage to make them boring, then I have done an incredible disservice. So I feel an incredible obligation not only to the drinks themselves, but to the bartenders who created them, and also to the heritage of cocktail writing to try to elevate it.'"
Gin Fizz TropicalOnce prepared, the garnish offered lime and mint aromas right under our noses. A creamy carbonated lime-flavored sip gave way to a gin-driven swallow with tropical notes from the pineapple and orgeat. While perhaps not as timeless as a Ramos Gin Fizz, this variation was just as enjoyable and with a more exotic story than one of a line of overworked shaker-boys cursing yet another hot, un-air conditioned brunch shift at the base of the Mississippi. Since I plucked this recipe straight from Paul's book, I cannot see why he would object to me choosing it to represent this Clarkean theme.
• 2 oz Plymouth Gin (Seagram's)
• 1 oz Lime Juice
• 1/2 oz Orgeat (BG Reynolds)
• 1/2 oz Pineapple Gomme Syrup (Housemade pineapple syrup)
• 1/2 oz Egg White (1 whole Egg White)
Shake once without ice and once with. Strain into a Fizz glass (here, 7 1/2 oz size) containing 1 oz soda water. Garnish with a thin lime wheel with a mint tip inserted.