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Cocktail Time with Mr. Boston

martiniBoozehounds, 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.  


Elder Statesman

1 lime wedge

4 raspberries

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. 


Tags: cocktails , elderflower liquer , gin , martini , mojito

Categories: Beverages, Cocktails

Maddy Cohen  | June 15, 2011 12:16 PM

Coincidentally, just read the entire Mr. Boston cover to cover (old edition but I never opened it!) just to educate myself. Interestingly, there are more gin drink recipes than anything else, and since my edition is old, I thought, well that's not the trend now. But your recipe obviously melds classic and current. Good luck with the project, I'm excited that a brand new version will be available!!

Sue Sell  | July 15, 2011 4:56 PM

These are now the official cocktail of the Summer for 2011. Serving them again this weekend for a patio party! Thanks

Michelle  | July 16, 2011 8:02 PM

Try "Smoking Bishop" for your guide.

It is the drink referred to at the end of Dickens' Christmas Carol. We decided to serve it as the theme drink at our Christmas dinner and tested it about 2 weeks prior as a treat while watching our annual Christmas Carol DVD on TV.

The recipe was authentic, complete with smoked orange rinds etc.

We ended up NOT serving it as our Christmas drink as I passed out ten minutes into the movie and woke up only at the end of it.

How people drank these is beyond me. It is a strong drink!

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