To replace a stirred drink coming off of the menu at Nahita in Boston, I did this grassy, vegetal, and funky number that might appeal to an adventurous Martini drinker.
For a name, I had H.L. Mencken's quote, "Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," fresh in my head from reading Kate Hawking's Aperitif book, and I recalled how we passed around a book of limericks at a Hendrick's event a few years ago. While the five line poem form was named after the Irish town, it was the Scots who took the art form to higher (and lower) levels. Therefore, I dubbed this quirky number As Perfect as a Limerick.
1 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
1/2 oz Unaged Cachaça such as Avua Prata
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth such as Dolin
1/4 oz Celery Syrup (*)
1 dash Absinthe (12 drops)
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
(*) Chop and blend a medium head of celery with 2 oz or so of water. Strain, measure the volume, and dissolve an equal volume of sugar. Refrigerate.
(*) For a single drink, muddle celery to make 1 tsp celery juice. Add 1 tsp sugar. Stir to dissolve.