It’s spring in Seattle.  I know.  It says so on the calendar.  So I’m looking for cocktails that defy the 60 degree weather and gray skies here.  Screw you, Seattle.  Spring has arrived in my liquor cabinet.

I’ve been enjoying a variation on the Corpse Reviver #2 that substitutes dry vermouth for the Lillet, so that was probably on my mind when I threw this together.  You can’t go far wrong with St. Germain – I believe Phred at Elemental refers to it as “bartender’s ketchup”.  This drinks kind of like a Corpse Reviver with lychee aroma and just a tiny bit of effervescence. 

The Joan Holloway
1.75 oz Hendricks gin
.75 oz St. Germain
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz sparkling wine
Dash Luxardo cherry liqueur

Shake the gin, St. Germain, and lemon.  Strain into a champagne saucer, then add the sparkling.  Pour a little dash of the cherry liqueur in the middle and watch it slink to the bottom.  Note that this isn’t the maraschino liqueur – I think that would be pretty nasty.  If you don’t have the Luxardo cherry, some Cherry Heering would probably work just fine.

I asked friends what to call this one, and one Christina Hendricks fan suggested the name – her character on Mad Men.  Works for me – curvy women of the world unite!  Plus, if you look at the saucer from the top down, the drink kinda looks like a big pale boob.