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Gin • Dry
London Fog

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If a Bloody Mary or Mimosa isn’t doing the trick, try adding the London Fog to your Sunday morning brunch cocktail repertoire. Made simply with gin and pastis (an anise-flavored, lower proof cousin of absinthe), it’s a stiff but refreshing cocktail designed to ease the mind, calm the digestive system and prepare you for the day ahead. Though the name might reference the cocktail’s foggy appearance (thanks to the pastis), the drink promises to clear a hazy head after a long night. According to The Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Morris Beebe, it was a favorite hangover cure of actor Burgess Meredith, who you might know as The Penguin in the 1960s Batman series.

The key to a truly delicious London Fog is shaved or crushed ice. Cubed ice just won’t do—it doesn’t dilute the cocktail enough. So if you’re going to make this drink, make it right and crush up some ice using either a mallet and a Lewis bag or a blender. If you’re the one suffering and in need of a London Fog to cure your hangover, it’s best to get someone else to do the smashing or blending for you. And be sure not to leave out the lemon twist. The vibrant oils bring out the sweeter notes in the pastis and the citrusy notes in the gin, which should be London Dry, obviously.

The Essentials

Lemon twist, for garnish
Bar Spoon
The Details


1.75 oz Gin
.5 oz Pastis
Lemon twist, for garnish


  • In a mixing glass, add gin and pastis, and stir with large ice until well chilled.
  • With a julep strainer, strain into a lowball or a frappé glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Top with more crushed ice and an expressed lemon twist.
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