Friday, July 16, 2010

mad jack

1 3/4 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
1 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup (*)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

The drink that Russell House Tavern's head bartender, Aaron Butler, created for the Beefeater 24 night was the Mad Jack. Aaron commented that the drink was named in part for Jack Bauer of the television show 24 and in part for his love of English history. The historical aspect was a British lieutenant colonel during World War II, John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill known as Mad Jack, who was best known for leading troops while being armed with a longbow and a claybeg sword. I could not find a report of how valuable his arrows were, but he was able to survive his tours of duty.
The Mad Jack had a rather berry nose with aromas being donated by the strawberry syrup and sloe gin. These berry notes also carried over into the sip which was a lot drier than expected. Indeed, the lemon, gin, and bitters did a good job to counter the sugar content in the syrup and sloe gin.

(*) Syrup made with 1 part strawberries : 1 part sugar : 1 part water.

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