Drink of the Weekend January 30th ’15











- The Modern -


The Classic Bar is back! It’s the newest trend. And to keep up, you need to know how to make The Modern. You also need to know about one of it’s ingredients, Sloe Gin. Sloe gin is a traditional British colonial made by steeping sloes (a species of small, tart plum) in gin and adding sugar. The best brand is Plymouth, from England. Most domestic brands are cut-rate and poor, but Greenhook Ginsmiths’ Beach Plum gin liqueur are both fine products made with close relatives of the sloe.

Before the current revival of the classic bar, very few of the fine old cocktail recipes were in general circulation. This meant that something as simple as a sidecar—cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice served up in a sugar-rimmed glass—could send you into cocktail ecstasy if you found a bartender who knew how to make it right.

That’s all different now. While perfectly executed classics are by no means universal, neither are they rare. Most cocktail bars will even have a passel of so-called forgotten classics in their repertoire: second- and third-tier old formulas for drinks such as the Aviation, the Bamboo, the Last Word, and so forth, no longer the least bit forgotten. (If an old recipe hasn’t been revived by now, odds are it’s because it shouldn’t be.)

Against that, we present the Modern Cocktail. This is a drink from 1905 that has never enjoyed a real revival, and at first glance it’s easy to see why. Despite an impressive pedigree (it was published by Char-ley Mahoney, head bartender at New York’s Hoffman House, which is considered by adepts in such matters the greatest bar America has ever known), at first, second, and even third glance it presents as just plain weird: blended Scotch, sloe gin, absinthe, orange bitters, and lemon juice. Straws in the wind, typing monkeys, spin of the wheel—there’s no reason to it.

But the Modern is spectacularly good. Try as you might, you can’t find a seam between the tart fruitiness of the sloe gin and the rich smokiness of the Scotch, and all you know is you want another one so that you can keep looking. It’s enough to restore your faith in the cocktail.



• Put 1 ½ tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

• Stir in 1 tsp sugar

• 1 oz blended Scotch whisky, such as Johnnie Walker Black or Compass Box Great King St

• 1 oz good-quality sloe gin (see above)

• 1 dash absinthe (You’ll need a bitters bottle for this.)

• 1 dash orange bitters

• Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

• Garnish with a brandied cherry.




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