This month I've rounded up a trio of cocktail recipes representing the old and the new, a mixture representative of today's cocktail scene where the very latest thing is offered on the same drinks menu as revived classics.
• THE LAST WORD
This is an old classic that long ago fell out of favor. Now, however, it's making a comeback, particularly on the Seattle bar scene, according to a story in the Seattle Times. The most popular bartender making it apparently is Murray Stenson at Zig Zag Café. Besides its taste, its price is a big drawing card: $4.75.
½ ounce gin
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce green Chartreuse
½ ounce maraschino liqueur
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Shut up and drink it.
• THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
This drink, created by Jenn Philpot of Waterbar, was one of five cocktails that won the 2009 Damrak gin competition recently held in San Francisco.
Muddle 2 slices orange with skin
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of branded cherry juice
1¾ ounces Damrak and Dimmi
¾ ounce fresh grapefruit
Shake, serve up, garnished with a dark cherry.
• MY FAIR LADY
This cocktail was created at London's Savoy Hotel in the 1950s to coincide with the production of "My Fair Lady," the musical stage play based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion."
1½ measures gin
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon creme de fraise
1 egg white
Thoroughly shake all ingredients together with ice,, strain into cocktal glass and garnish with an orange peel.
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