L’Alligator C’est Vert

Nico de Soto, Mace | New York

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Nico de Soto knows that “the perfect drink would be perfect for everyone”—and a drink like that does not exist. Rather, he looks for perfection within his own personal favorite ingredients, such as the nutty pandan herb, which he has here developed into a syrup. Coconut milk adds texture and tropical vibes, tempered by a full ounce of a quintessential Parisian ingredient, absinthe.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce absinthe, preferably Pernod
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1 ounce Pandan Syrup, see Editor's note
  • 1 egg

Garnish: nutmeg

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and dry shake without ice.
  2. Add ice and shake for 12 seconds.
  3. Double-strain into a flip glass.
  4. Garnish with nutmeg.
Editor's Note

Pandan Syrup:
16 pandan leaves
1 liter simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
6 drops pandan extract
2 grams salt

Blend leaves with simple syrup. Add drops of pandan extract. Add salt.