This cocktail is a play on three classics with its own distinctive twist. One classic is obviously Lauren Bacall herself – the sultry actress of the Golden Ages of motion pictures. This cocktail also puts a twist on the classical gin and tonic as well as the “Greyhound” with its splash of grapefruit. It is very refreshing without being too heavy in body.
Lauren Bacall was not only a classical actress, but also started her career as a model. Known for her very distinctive voice and sultry looks on camera, she eventually married Humphrey Bogart but was widowed by the age of 32. Although very picky about the roles she chose, she is a figure head for classic women actresses during the Golden Age.
The “Lauren Bacall wine cocktail is created in honor of her. It is a in a classic tall Collins glass featuring a sparkling French rose wine with gin and grapefruit. The use of Uncle Val’s Botanical gin ties nicely with the Organic pink Grapefruit juice with an enjoyable balance of citrus without it being too sour or tart. It embodies the one and only Lauren Bacall and all she had accomplished and lived for as an award winning actress.
- 2 oz Pol Clement Rose Sec (French Sparkling Rose Wine)
- ½ oz Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 2 oz Organic Pink Grapefruit juice
- ½ oz Honey Syrup (1/2cup honey; ½ cup boiling water, stir)
- Top glass off with Tonic
Fill tall Collins glass with ice (7inches tall, 2.5 inches diameter). Pour 2 oz of French Sparkling rose wine into Collins glass. Pour ½ oz of Uncle Vals Gin into Collins glass. Pour ½ oz of Triple sec into Collins glass. Pour 2 oz of Organic Pink Grapefruit ju ice into Collins glass. Pour ½ oz of homemade honey syrup into Collins glass. Top the remaining room left in the glass with tonic water. Take slice of grapefruit and remove the inside of the grapefruit so you only have the peel (skin). Express (twist) the grapefruit peel over the rim of the cocktail. Once the grapefruit peel is expressed, drop peel into cocktail with a fresh basil leaf. ENJOY.
Contributed by B. Montalvo & P. Phillips