If it’s last call at the bar or time for a nightcap, order up this week’s Friday Cocktail, the Vieux Mot!
Literally, in French, the ‘old word’, this drink’s pedigree can be traced to the Prohibition era cocktail, the Last Word. Since I had this charming little bottle of St-Germain, an elderflower-flavored liqueur, I looked up recipes and happened upon this one, the most appealing in my opinion.
The St-Germain has an almost floral, yet fruity flavor. Though gin is the larger component, it is the elderberry taste that will shine through. According the makers of St-Germain, the elderflower blossoms are handpicked, and then the men who gather them will “mount a bicycle and carefully ride the umbrells of starry white flower to a collection depot.” Visit the site for more about this unique liqueur here.
What You’ll Need: Gin, St-Germain Liqueur, Lemon Juice, and Simple Syrup.
For the simple syrup, put one part sugar to one part water (say a cup of each) in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let cool. In a shaker over cracked ice pour in 1 1/2 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce each of St-Germain and lemon juice. Add in 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Shake vigorously and then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
How I Like It: Well, the one thing I didn’t have on hand was a coupe glass, so I used the pictured one instead. As a result, I upped my portions a tad. I used 2 ounces of gin and a full ounce each of St-Germain and lemon juice. I used about 3/4 simple syrup. However, instead of sugar, I used honey. You may recall the recipe for honey syrup from this drink. The honey actually blends marvelously with this drink, and I think it a better choice. Some recipes add 1/2 ounce of cointreau to the mix, but I think it’s unnecessary.
And the last words are: drink responsibly!