Arsenic & Old Lace

wintergreen, white peppercorn, anise, cherry blossom 

Japanese gin, chambéry blanc, crème de violet, absinthe, orange bitters.  

The Martini—or Martine, Martinez, Turf Club—dates back to the very late 1870s, but the cocktail reached its glorious height near the end of the Golden Age.  By American Prohibition, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of riffs on this classic.  One riff in particular, the Attention Cocktail , is a particular darling of ours. Originally published by Hugo Ensslin in 1916 as a dense, equal parts cocktail, the Attention later caught the eye of Harry Craddock at the American Bar, in the Savoy Hotel, London.  In his Savoy Cocktail Book (1930) he transformed Ensslin’s earlier cocktail into the “Atty,” a Martini-inspired variant that would evolve into the Arsenic & Old Lace.  We took Craddock’s version (though we fully tested Ensslin’s original for fun) and crated a gorgeous, fancy martini riff with flavors of bright wintergreen, licorice, sage, citrus peel, and summer flowers. Our variation is delicately balanced and wildly evocative.

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