Boozehounds, I have your dream job. I have just been chosen, along with the wonderfully talented mixologist Jonathan Pogash, to share editing responsibilities for the 75th Anniversary Edition of Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide. The book will be published in Fall 2011 by Wiley and Sons. Those of you have spend time behind a bar know this as the indispensable little red book that every cocktail lounge, from luxe to louche, keeps on hand to crib the official recipe for any given alcoholic beverage. With over 1500 recipes, that means your favorite is in there.
Recently, I took a Jonathan's cocktail lab class at Astor Center in New York, and created this drink, The Elder Statesman, with my classmate Rafael. It starts with good ol' gin, takes a contemporary turn with elderflower liqueur, and has a mojito vibe from muddled raspberries and lime. Keep reading to get the recipe.
1 lime wedge
1 1/2 oz. Beefeater 24 Gin
1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
Lime zest twist, for garnish
Run the lime wedge around the rim of a chilled cocktail glass. Add the lime to a mixing glass (or the bottom of a martini shakers). Add the raspberries and muddle with the lime. Add the gin and liqueur and shake well with ice. Strain into the glass. Garnish with a lime twist.