Tuesday, December 8, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 18)

• This is the latest entry in a daily feature that will run through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

I whipped up this cocktail for an acquaintance, an off-duty commercial airline pilot -- thus the name -- who usually doesn't venture much beyond a beer or a glass of wine.

He went into orbit over this one, proclaiming it his new favorite for his vacation weeks.


2 ounces Michter's rye whiskey
1/2 ounce St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce Fever Tree tonic

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir 35 times (yup, 35) with a bar spoon to release just the right amount of water from the ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or fruit slice as desired.

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