While I still have a few cocktails to report on from my travels last week I wanted to the days count current. Thus, today is the 149th day of my quixotic quest.
After cutting the grass and other assorted outdoor chores that ended only with darkness, I went down to the Twilight Lounge, turned on the football game and started to thumb through the Ultimate Bar Book for a cocktail for this evening. I was in the gin section and stumbled upon the Pall Mall. Interesting name for a cocktail. It is even perhaps a double entendre when you consider that Kurt Vonnegut, a Pall Mall smoker, said that they “were a classy way to die”. Did he mean the drink or the smokes?
Either way, this was a pretty interesting blend of ingredients. However, the final taste is predictable (those of you who followed my meanderings through the world of peppermint schnapps will immediately know why).
- 1-1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
- 1/8 oz clear creme de menthe
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake to combine and chill. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
And…you bet, it tastes like mouthwash. Just way too much creme de menthe and it overpowers everything else in the glass. I can almost get a hint of dry vermouth, but barely.
If you like mint, give this a whirl. Otherwise I suggest lighting a Pall Mall, menthol, of course.