JiggerWocky: adventures in alcohol and academics

JiggerWocky: adventures in alcohol and academics

Monday, August 17, 2009

An Exile's Return: The Fitz!

The Last Word is a classic cocktail that originated at the Detroit Athletic Club during the Prohibition era. It combines gin, maraschino liqueur, lime and green Chartreuse. But the cocktail, like Mrs. Fitzgerald herself, looks delicate but has a big flavor profile more sharp than sweet:

1 oz gin
1 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz Chartreuse
1 oz fresh lime juice
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

The Last Word may belong to a Lost Generation, but the nouveau has its own sentimentality, its symbols that move it equally towards reflection and innovation.

The Fitz:
4 to 6 fresh basil leaves
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce Maraschino
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

Muddle the basil and sugar in the bottom of a mixing glass, fill the glass with ice, then add the gin, Maraschino, lime juice, and grapefruit juice. Cover, shake until cold, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

So meet The Fitz, you two could have such a damned good time together.

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