If a Bloody Mary or Mimosa isnâ€™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), itâ€™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 cocktailâ€™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 wonâ€™t doâ€”it doesnâ€™t dilute the cocktail enough. So if youâ€™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 youâ€™re the one suffering and in need of a London Fog to cure your hangover, itâ€™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.
A traditional Gimlet is like a Daiquiri for gin lovers. Itâ€™s light, bright, tart and downright chaggable, especially with a crisp, dry gin thatâ€™s not too heavy on the juniper. If you thought that a Gimlet couldnâ€™t get anymore delicious or refreshing, this modern variation proves otherwise. Upping the ante with the addition of cucumber, this c...