101 Best New Cocktails: Mojo Pin #1 by Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

by Gaz Regan · Friday, January 30th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Mojo Pin #1101 BNC App

Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

“I created this cocktail when I was in the mood for something a little bit spicy and a wee bit sweet—but fresh both in flavor and aroma.   This cocktail takes the unique taste, bouquet and subtle sweetness of Hendrick’s Gin and marries it beautifully with the spiciness of Rosemary, the unique and mysterious herbal qualities of Green Chartreuse, and the familiar, curious hint of fresh green grapes and celery bitters.

“I have enjoyed this cocktail in both the springtime and in the winter. The spicy notes are quite complementary to colder evenings, and the almost garden-like aromas and flavors lean towards the springtime…especially if you add the simple syrup to quiet the peppery notes down a little bit, if you prefer.

“I named this cocktail after one of my favorite songs from my favorite musician, Jeff Buckley. The song I named it after is dreamy, sexy and soft to start, almost jazz-like – until it kicks in to a driving, emotional and passionate rock and roll song, only to gently ease you back in to the sultry jazz song that was before. I’d like to think this cocktail is something like that song.” Mel James.

60 ml (2 oz) Hendrick’s GinMojo Pin

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Green Chartreuse

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Simple Syrup (optional)

3 Dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

8 White Grapes

1 Sprig Rosemary plus small sprig of Rosemary for aromatic garnish, if desired.

Muddle the grapes and rosemary in a mixing glass.  Add the gin, Green Chartreuse, bitters and simple syrup (to taste, if desired).  Add ice and shake hard.  Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass.   Add the garnish.

gaz sez:   Brilliant!  Hendrick’s is the perfect gin to use in this baby, though I’ve a feeling that G’Vine Floraison would work well, too.  The gin, the Chartreuse, the celery bitters, the rosemary, and the grapes all come together in glorious harmony in this drink. I believe that, if you make thin one once, you’ll be making it again and again—it’s a real winner.

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