Mother Gin Sling
Inspired by “The Shanghai Gesture”
Originally a play set in a brothel in Shanghai, centered around a former debutante addicted to drugs, Shanghai Gesture was cleaned up for Hollywood and made into a quirky film by Josef Von Sternberg. How could we fail to love a film set in a casino, where the pretty hostesses are all named after cocktails, and managed by a woman named Mother Gin Sling?
The Cocktail Vultures have always had a thing for Chinese New Year and fake “ching-chong,” and decided to do a little transformation of our own. We give you the Mother Gin Sling.
To an iced shaker, add:
2 ounces dry gin (we used Plymouth’s www.plymouthgin.com)
1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur www.stgermain.fr
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce Jasmine Syrup*
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
Note: This cocktail is very “gin-forward.” Any gin will work in it, but different gins affect it differently. We tried it with Plymouth, Warwick (http://wvwinery.com/warwick-gin/) and Bombay Sapphire (www.bombaysapphire.com), achieving a uniquely-pleasing result each time, and settling on Plymouth as our favorite.
* Jasmine Syrup:
Brew jasmine tea and add an equal amount of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.