Sunday, September 26, 2010

elisabeth aplegate

1 1/2 Plymouth Gin
3/4 oz Cucumber Purée with Herbsaint and Hyssop-Anise Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a cucumber slice and straws.

For my last drink at The Gallows, I asked bartender April Wachtel to make me the Elisabeth Aplegate off of the menu. The drink was named after an example of the brutal punishment and harrassment that women suffered during Puritan times; Elisabeth Aplegate in 1636 was declared guilty of swearing and reveling and was forced to stand in public with her tongue inserted into a cleft (split-ended) stick. For such a dark sounding story, the drink was rather light with a bounty of herbal notes.
The drink's aroma was mainly cucumber and anise, and these notes carried over into the sip. The flavor was supplemented by the mint-like hyssop in the syrup and balanced by the crispness of the lemon juice. While the Elisabeth Aplegate was different from the Fin du Saison I had at Craigie on Main, the pairing of cucumber with farm-fresh herbs had a very similar effect.

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