The other night I invented one of the most delicious cocktails out of the 250-plus drinks that I’ve created. It’s made up of equal parts of three of my favorite things, so it has quite the pedigree. Liquore Strega, that complex, coniferous Italian digestif made with over 70 ingredients, including saffron, mint, and fennel. Aperitivo Cocchi Americano, the modern-day equivalent of Kina Lillet, with its notes of quinine and citrus. And Plymouth Gin, this very modern, botanical-forward gin (see BLOG entry of May 25, 2016 entitled: “Aviation Gin Takes Off”), even though it’s been made since 1793. And after savoring my new creation, I had to come up with a name for it that was equal to its taste. Something delicious, blonde, bold, and sexy. So I present to you, a marvelous new cocktail to soothe you in these troubled times…
NO ONE WEARS A KNIFE LIKE HONEY RYDER*
1 part Liquore Strega
1 part Aperitivo Cocchi Americano
1 part Plymouth Gin
½ part Schweppes Tonic water
¼ part fresh-squeezed Lime juice
dash of Hella Bitters Ginger Lemon bitters
Shake everything but the Tonic Water over ice, then
stir in Tonic. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a floating slice of lime.
*And check out the VIDEO of the making of this drink from KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE:
No One Wears a Knife Like Honey Ryder: The Video!