April 25, 2009

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...

Humphrey Bogart: a man's man. Drinker, smoker, fighter, lover, a tough guy with an all-too-human heart. Ok, that's enough waxing rhapsodic, you're here for drinks, not a hagiography. I began with that introduction because tonight's drink is a little number called the Bogey. It's really a combination of all sorts of elements from other cocktails; a chunk of Martini here, a dash of Manhattan there, it's whimsical, but it makes for a good tipple.
1 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz bourbon
1/4 oz Pernod
dash of lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass full of ice, introduce it to a bar spoon and stir until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.
This is one of those drinks that you'd think would just taste like an amalgam of all it's ingredients, but it's really quite subtle. It's pretty much impossible to describe, but it'd be a great one to make at home, or see if your friendly neighborhood bartender can do it justice. It's a fairly uncommon drink, which is a pity, because it's got potential. Give it a whirl.


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