The Lemony Snicket Cocktail

Another original creation of Dr. Cocktail, who recently talked bartender extraordinaire John Greer at Orleans Grapevine through its construction. Three of them were placed on the bar in front of us. Quaffing commenced … mmm, mighty tasty. It’ll kick your butt, too.

The cocktail is named in honor of Mr. Lemony Snicket, author of the wildly popular children’s book series entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events. Mr. Snicket would undoubtedly warn the unwary imbiber to stay away from such an unfortunately concoction at all costs, if he didn’t want something terrible to happen to him. (Perhaps it’s what did Beatrice in.) I rather like it, myself.

The Lemony Snicket Cocktail
(Unfortunately created by Ted Haigh, 2003)

2-1/2 ounces gin.
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice.
1/2 ounce limoncello.
1/2 ounce yellow Chartreuse.

Combine all ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, then strain into a frosted cocktail glass. Garnish with one stemless cherry.

Unfortunately, it’s a rather cheery looking cocktail, not gloomy at all. Still, I doubt it’ll be cheery enough for Mr. Snicket, who should probably be offered a nice cup of tea instead.

Cocktail pairing idea: At the 2007 Spirited Dinner at Arnaud’s at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Ted and fellow bartender Chris Hannah (of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar) served this alongside an asparagus and brie soup.