Monday, August 17, 2020

harlem no. 2

3/4 jigger Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
1 dash Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)
1 spoon Orange Juice (1/2 oz)
1/2 lump Sugar (1/2 oz Simple Syrup)
4 leaf Mint

Crush mint with sugar (omit the muddling -- use the shake with ice to bruise the mint leaves). Add the rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with 1 dash absinthe (8 drop St. George and mint leaves).
Two Mondays ago, I was perusing William Boothby's 1934 World Drinks & How to Mix Them when I spotted the Harlem No. 2. The recipe came across like a South Side gussied up with the addition of orange juice in the mix and a dash of absinthe as the garnish. Once constructed, the Harlem No. 2 shared an anise, mint, and pine bouquet to the nose. Next, orange and lemon combined on the sip, and the swallow showcased the medley of gin and mint that was later joined by anise and other light absinthe notes from the garnish.

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