• ‘Tis the season for entertaining and being entertained. No need to limit yourself or your guests to beer, wine and the standard martinis, Manhattans and Cosmos when serving up cocktails. Not when there is such a rich heritage of cocktails in the American archives of mixology. We’re now into offering you a drink recipe each day, with enough time after the final one for you to be sure you have the ingredients on hand for the Christmas-New Year’s party crush.
I whipped up this cocktail for an acquaintance, an off-duty commercial airline pilot — thus the name — who usually doesn’t venture much beyond a beer or a glass of wine. He quickly anointed it his official personal drink.
DRINK NO. 7 — THE FLYBOY
2 oz. Michter’s rye whiskey
1/2 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. Fever Tree tonic
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir 35 times (yup, 35) with a bar spoon to release just the right amount of water from the ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or fruit slice as desired.
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