Tuesday, December 20, 2016

15 Days of Holiday Drinks (Day 13)

the-flyboy-cocktail• Each year, I offer readers a lineup of cocktail creations for the holiday season, culled from combing through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

I whipped up this cocktail for an acquaintance, an off-duty commercial airline pilot — thus the name — who usually doesn’t venture much beyond a beer or a glass of wine. He went into orbit over this one, proclaiming it his new favorite for his vacation weeks.

I can't stress the importance of using this specific brand of tonic to strike the proper balance.  


2 ounces Michter’s rye whiskey 
½ ounce St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur 
½ ounce fresh lime juice 
1 ounce Fever Tree tonic

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir 35 times (yup, 35) with a bar spoon to release just the right amount of water from the ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or fruit slice as desired.

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