Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Modernista

This is Dr. Cocktail’s refinement of the Modern. Fittingly, this is a very hip cocktail. The name is totally appropriate. Well, two of the three possible names. It’s also known as the Modern Maid.
BARTENDER: What’ll it be?
CUSTOMER: Barman, I feel like a Modern Maid today.
BARTENDER: Gee, mister, that’s a frilly outfit to be wearing for that order!
Doc’s version adds some Swedish Punsch, an ingredient I had lusted after for months until I had the sense to ask a fellow cocktailian in Sweden, the incomparable Tiare of A Mountain of Crushed Ice, how it’s made. She suggested I use Erik’s recipe from Underhill-Lounge. I happened to have a bottle of Batavia Arrack handy, and the recipe turned out to be easy and fun. And the resulting punsch is great. So I solved a months-long problem in about two days. Thanks, folks.

The Modernista
  • 2 oz Scotch (Johnnie Walker Red Label)
  • 1/2 oz dark Jamaica rum (Coruba)
  • 1 tsp pastis (Pernod)
  • 1/2 oz Swedish Punsch (homemade from the Underhill Punsch recipe)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
Shake in an iced shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist.

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