Friday night cocktail: The Modern No. 2

Two days from now, after a month of marrying Plymouth gin and local damsons, my latest batch of damson gin will be ready. I’ll taste it for sugar (the damsons seemed unusually sweet this year, so I was restrained with how much I added at the start), then I’ll get to mixing.

After I made my very first batch of damson gin a couple of years ago, I started working through some of the cocktail recipes I’d found that call for sloe gin, since the two are similar in character. When I got to the Modern Cocktail No. 2, in the Savoy Cocktail Book, I stopped looking. This is the perfect drink to feature damson gin, and a fine, fine drink to enjoy at this time of year.

How to make a Modern No. 2

  • 2 oz. damson gin (or sloe gin, if you have a good-quality one, like Plymouth)
  • 1 oz. blended Scotch whisky
  • 1 dash grenadine (about 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice for a slow count of 20. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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