101 Best New Cocktails: High Society Cocktail by Verrier Maxime, Pollen Street Social, London, UK

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, June 7th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

High Society Cocktail

Verrier Maxime, Pollen Street Social, London, UK

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“This cocktail was inspired by two classic cocktails: the Stinger—cognac and white crème de menthe in a shaker, from around 1914—and the Brandy Cocktail—brandy, white crème de menthe, and angostura in a mixing glass, garnished with a lemon peel, which appeared in Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler around 1900.

“The name was inspired by the eponymous 1956 movie High Society starring Frank Sinatra, where the Stinger cocktail appeared. So it’s an homage to the Stinger and the close relation between Chivas and Frank Sinatra at this period. Cheers!” Verrier Maxime

 

60 ml (2 oz) Chivas 12-year-old scotch whiskyhigh society cocktail - Copy

15 ml (.5 oz) white crème de menthe

1 barspoon Fernet Branca

1 small mint leaf, as garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, then thrown to the empty part of the shaker. Repeat 3 to 5 times depending of the quality of the ice, then strain into a chill coupette. Use a miniature clothes peg to attach the garnish.

gaz sez: High Society, indeed! This is a sophisticated dram that could hold its own at any posh old Gentleman’s Club in London, for instance, but it would also feel at home near a cozy wood fire when friends come over to visit. The Fernet Branca brings this baby together without once interrupting the scotch or the crème de menthe. I’ll be drinking more of these.

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