Everyone lurves a tasty cocktail. And -- since it can be a full-time job to keep your guests' glasses full and their pallets' pleased -- it's helpful to have an ace or two up your liquor-dealing sleeve. I can whip up a mean adult bevvie, but I've got a cheat card...her name is Amy Eldredge. Amy is a dear friend and a bartender at downtown local fave, Bar X. She's passionate about what she does, which includes creating original recipes. Friendly tip: Do not refer to those who make handcrafted cocktails as "mixologists"; in the industry, this insult falls in line with calling a janitor a "custodial technician". Noted. I made a visit to Amy, and -- to our COLLECTIVE delight -- she was happy to share one of her very own concoctions with us. It's a 'London Calling', named after a love that sprouted after a visit to the city. It's delicious, folks. Make one.
Fresh lemon, Cognac, dry gin, Lavendar bitters, Earl Grey tea, sugar
First, whip up some Earl Grey simple syrup. It's simple: just brew a cup of Earl Grey tea, then [in a sauce pan] boil one part tea to one part sugar. Once you've let it cool, that part's done. From there, put some ice and the following in your shake, shake, shaker:
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. Earl Grey simple syrup
1 oz. Cognac
1 oz. London Dry Gin
2 dashes Lavender bitters
Now shake that sh*t, and shake it good. Poor into a chilled coop glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and drink up.