Monday, May 22, 2017

fenton's phantom

1 oz Pimm's No. 1
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz Kronan Swedish Punsch
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Orange Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a Collins glass, fill with crushed ice, garnish with a lemon twist, and add a straw.
One of the drinks that recently hit the Loyal Nine menu is the Fenton's Phantom for the low-proof section. In trying to come up with a Cobbler, I focused on Swedish punsch that was being freed up by another drink, Monopoly Money (the tequila version of Tainted Love), coming off of the list. In assembling my Swedish punsch cheat sheet, I was reminded of a few combinations that worked well. The two that I honed in on were its interaction with Pimm's with the Pimmeron strongly in mind and with Lillet via the Metexa. In fact, both of those drinks were low proof and aperitif-y as well. To round off the drink, I added in some lemon juice and orange bitters and put it all over crushed ice. To play on the Cobbler as a cobbled ice drink and a shoe maker duality, I paid tribute to one of the lost factories of Cambridge, the Fenton Shoe Factory, that used to employ hundreds of workers in town. The Phantom aspect not only gave an air of mystery and somewhat suggested a lighter drink, it also acknowledges the leftover safety concerns of an old factory site (one of my previous drinks, the Miller's River Milk Punch, also pays tribute to an important industrial aspect of our city that was mucked up by misuse).

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