Repeal Day cocktail: The Pendennis Club: gin, apricot, Peychaud’s

Pendennis Club Cocktail
The Pendennis Club Cocktail: gin, lime, apricot eau-de-vie, apricot liqueur, Peychaud’s, rich simple syrup

Tomorrow is Repeal Day, and you must have a cocktail. After all, it’s Saturday. AND it’s the day when Prohibition was finally repealed. The noble experiment may have failed, and we have great cocktails to celebrate failure!

For this one, I turn to Chara Gafford of Urban Chef. After sending her husband to their backyard orchard to get a couple kumquats, she made Saveur’s version of the fantastic Pendennis Club Cocktail.

The Pendennis Club Cocktail recipe

To make your own, combine with ice:

  • 2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz apricot liqueur
  • 1/2 oz apricot eau-de-vie
  • 1 tsp rich simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Then garnish with a halved kumquat.

As Toby Cecchini mentions in Saveur, the lime and apricot combine to make it taste like grapefruit. This drink really is the sum of its parts, and they combine to make something rather unique. It’s dry and floral and quite pleasing, although not something you can down easily. Perfect for Prohibition. Or its repeal.

And for those not familiar with kumquat, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s not a loquat. It’s something like citrus, with a bitter grapefruit-like interior and a sweet peel. Go figure.

Hell, just make a Pendennis Club and enjoy the end of morality. Or at least the attempt at its legislation.

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