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Tuesday 31 January 2012

The boy and his poison: The Archangel

A hangover from the Domestic Sluttery belated Christmas party wouldn't usually be the best foundation for an inspiring cocktail recipe. A hazy memory of salted caramel brownies, a few cheeky vodka royal gimlets and some superficial bathroom renovations (I may have broken the shower pole) left me in a sorry state Saturday morning. However this was no normal Saturday, this was my first PDT Saturday.

Please Don't Tell is a New York speakeasy described as a hot-dog joint for grown-ups. The main bartender Jim Meehan shakes a mean drink and finally published a recipe book last year. For some reason the UK release isn't for a few more weeks but I managed to get a friend to smuggle one back for me and thought the Archangel would make the perfect first recipe to share. With a bit of muddled cucumber and the absence of martini its a sophisticated negroni variant thats perfect to alleviate those winter blues.

You'll need:
  • 50ml of a good gin
  • 10 ml of Aperol
  • 3 slices of cucumber
Then make it:
  • Muddle the cucumber and aperol using a pestle in the bottom of a shaker
  • Top up with ice and the gin
  • Stir with a bar spoon for 10 seconds
  • Strain into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a strip of lemon peel

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