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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A Sherlockian Cocktail

Socially distanced cheers!
We had a nice cocktail last night with our friend Carolyn Senter, who used to operate Classic Specialties with her late husband, Joel.

Here’s the recipe, which our son Mike found somewhere:

Start with –  

·         5-10 basil leaves muddled with an orange wedge
·         1 sugar cube (or a teaspoon of sugar)
·         4 dashes of bitters
·         ½ cup orange juice
·         2 to 2.5 ounces bourbon

Pour into a shaker of ice and shake.
Pour over ice and garnish with cherry.

The words “Basil,” “orange,” “sugar,” “bitter,” and “juice” are all in the Canon. “Bourbon” is not, but you can’t have everything.

There’s a name for this, but I don’t know what it is. It deserves a Sherlockian name. Since basil gives the drink its distinctive taste, how about calling “The Captain Basil” after the disguise Holmes assumes in “The Adventure of Black Peter”?

Or maybe “The Basil Rathbone” after a certain actor?

Or “The Basil of Baker Street” after the Mouster?

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. For those who want a change, try this with tequila and name it after one of the LatinX characters in the Canon, drinker's choice, of course, or even with vodka and a Russian name.