Reading about cocktails is a wonderful by-product of my gin passion. These days many high-profile bars produce their own cocktail books, often by turning their menus into something unique and collectable. Dead Rabbit in New York is one example, as is Death and Co. . Closer to home Eau De Vie has a beautiful book.
Buying cocktail books from bars that I might never get a chance to visit, might seem a little sad, but it’s a great way to learn about cocktails. Please Don’t Tell in New York is on my bucket list of bars to visit, but with no trip to New York in sight, I’ve been content to browse their beautiful cocktail book.
So, imagine my excitement when it was announced this week that Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell are coming to Melbourne in August to take over Black Pearl!
In celebration of this event, I decided to make a Blackthorn cocktail from their book. This drink is taken from the Sideboard Manual (1900) and is essentially a Sloe Negroni without Campari, and provides a delicate alternative to serve to those Campari-haters.
Ingredients for a Blackthorn Cocktail
Stir with ice and then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.