The Wall Street Journal ran a piece recently on Tiki drinks for the fall season. The article included three recipes, one of which immediately caught my eye. Naturally I had to try it out, and my instinct was correct: it's a very tasty cocktail.
The drink is called A Day at the Races and it was created by mixologist Bill Codman of Storyville in Boston. Tiki drinks get an often justified rap as being sweet, but this one isn't. The use of gin instead of rum, and the small amount of syrup (in this case, grenadine), take care of that.
Here's the recipe:
A Day at the Races
1 1/2 ounces Beefeater 24 Gin
1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum
1/2 ounce Grenadine
1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
Shake all ingredients except Champagne with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.
The flavors blend together nicely in this drink. It has excellent balance and is very refreshing — the Champagne topper is a great touch. Gin doesn't appear in very many Tiki drinks — the best known exception being the Singapore Sling — but it works well here.
A definite keeper!