101 Best New Cocktails: An Affair to Remember by Ladislav Piljar, American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

An Affair to Remember

Adapted from a recipe by Ladislav Piljar, American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London, UK.

“Drink created at the American Bar during one of those amazing romantic nights… Enjoy :)” Ladislav Piljar.

20 ml (.66 oz) fresh lemon juice

20 ml (.66 oz) pink grapefruit juice

10 ml (1 teaspoon) caster (AKA superfine) sugar

30 ml (1 oz) G. Miclo poire eau de vie

20 ml (.66 oz) Luxardo maraschino liqueur

1 egg white

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters, as garnish

1 grapefruit twist, as garnish

Stir the juices and sugar first until well dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients. Dry-shake, then add ice and shake again hard. Fine-strain into a chilled half flute glass. Add the garnishes.

gaz sez: Strange brew, indeed, Laddy! Ladislav Piljar and I go back a few years. He’s one of the myriad fabulous Slovak bartenders who are scattered around some of the best cocktail bars in the world. This drink shows his genius. How many other bartenders would use an eau-de-vie as the base spirit? Very few, methinks, yet everything comes together beautifully in this drink. Well done, Laddy!

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