Friday Night Cocktail: L’Amour en fuite

L’Amour en fuite (“Love on the Run”) is the creation of talented Canadian mixologist Jamie Boudreau, who currently works in Seattle at Canon. It’s one of the first cocktails he made when St. Germain elderflower liqueur was initially released, and is a perfect example of his Golden Ratio. (In fact, a drink with the same proportions, made with sweet vermouth instead of Lillet and peach bitters in place of the absinthe, is called a Bicyclette.)

To me, it’s a sophisticated aperitif that comes across as an integrated whole, with no one ingredient standing out; even the absinthe plays nicely with everything else. It’s pretty booze-forward, but if you like Martinis, you can easily enjoy this one. Boudreau specifies Plymouth for the gin, but I refuse to swallow the ridiculous price increase that was introduced on that brand, so I make it with any of the “softer” London dry gins. Broker’s is especially nice.

How to make L’Amour en fuite

  • 1.5 oz. Plymouth or London dry gin
  • 0.75 oz. Lillet blanc or Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
  • 0.25 oz. St. Germain or other elderflower liqueur
  • Absinthe

Combine the gin, Lillet and elderflower liqueur in a mixing glass. Splash a little absinthe into a chilled cocktail glass, and rotate it to coat the whole interior of the glass, discarding the excess. Add ice to the mixing glass, stir for 30 seconds, then strain into the absinthe-rinsed cocktail glass.

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