Wednesday, February 16, 2022

obituary cocktail

2 oz Gin (Bombay Dry)
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 bsp Absinthe (1/8 oz Kübler)
1 bsp Herbsaint (1/8 oz)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After reading the Lift Your Spirits book about New Orleans' drinking culture, I realized that I had never written up the Obituary Cocktail despite having one at a hotel bar in New Orleans in 2010. Therefore, I set out to find a more definitive recipe out there such as perhaps the earliest published recipe, and instead, my search landed on a more modern one. This one published in Garden & Gun in 2018 was the recipe that Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich concocted for their Jewel of the South bar that was opening later that year. The two tweaks were upping the dry vermouth from the average recipe out there and splitting the absinthe with Herbsaint to craft in Hannah's words "a deadly spin on the Martini."
The Obituary began with an anise and black licorice bouquet. Next, a semi-sweet sip slid into gin, anise, licorice, and herbal elements on the swallow.

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