Tuesday, November 2, 2010

judgment day

3/4 oz + 1/2 tsp Pisco (25 mL Macchu Pisco)
3/4 oz + 1/2 tsp St. Germain (25 mL)
1/3 oz Lime Juice (10 mL)
1/3 oz Lemon Juice (10 mL)
1 tsp Simple Syrup (5 mL Gomme)
1/2 tsp Absinthe (2.5 mL Pernod Fils)
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with 4 drops or 1 spray of Allspice Dram.
For a cocktail on Friday night, I flipped through my new purchase of Absinthe Cocktails and spotted a recipe by Charles Vexenat of London's Lonsdale bar. We got to hear Mr. Vexenat speak this year at Tales of the Cocktail as he was one of the presenters for the Bariana: The Golden Age of French Cocktails seminar. He created this drink for a friend of his who helped him out of a "stick situation" and modified the Pisco Sour into something much more complex and intriguing. While the book did not elaborate, the web did:
On 16th May 2008, superstar bartender Charles Vexenat was unjustly jailed in New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail after Dre dropped a glass bottle in the Old Absinthe House. Fortunately for Charles he was saved a second day in the slammer by Melanie Asher, owner of Macchu Pisco, who bailed him out. This cocktail, created at PDT, New York City, is Charles's tribute to Melanie.
Judgment Day started with aromas from the Allspice Dram garnish floating on the egg white foam and from the abundant portion of St. Germain liqueur in the mix. Like a Pisco Sour, the drink had a sweet citrus sip combined with the aromatic grape notes of the pisco. However, the Judgment Day differed from the classic on the swallow, for there it had extra botanical flavors from the St. Germain and the light touch of absinthe.

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