101 Best New Cocktails: Ward 9 by Jinjur Van Vogelpoel, Red House, Paris
“This drink was created for a New Orleans themed cocktail night we did, and follows along the Last Word/Final Ward lines, named the Ward 9 after the New Orleans neighborhood that was gutted by Katrina,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel
25 ml (.85 oz) Rye Whiskey
2o ml (.7 oz) Green Chartreuse
15 ml (.5 oz) St. Germain
20 ml (.7 oz) fresh lemon juice
egg white (approx 20 ml/.7 oz)
3 dashes Parfait Amour or good crème de violette*
Dry shake, then shake with ice and strain into a chilled “small high ball”. (In France we have these elegant, tall pastis glasses which hold about 200 ml/7 oz*) Top with 3 dashes of Parfait Amour or good crème de violette.
* “The Parfait Amour is a bit tricky. Originally we were using a bizarre old brand of which the name escapes me and that seems to have vanished off the face of the earth (we found it in a dusty old liquor store in Paris along with Creme de Noyaux and all sorts of rare goodies). This particular Parfait Amour was extremely floral and violet-esque, and which no other brand we’ve tried has matched. I suggest therefore, that it be replaced with a good Crème de Violette instead, as the drops on top are more to add fragrance and an extra touch of weirdness than anything else,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel
gaz sez: I have to be honest here: Anyone with a name like Jinjur Van Vogelpoel will be included in 101 BNC. It’s too good of a name to pass on. And he works at Red House, one of my fave joints in Paris. Add to this the fact that the Ward 9 is a damned spectacular drink—the Parfait Amour/Crème de Violette aromatic garnish will just blow you away—and you have a dead certainty.