Lawn Sleeves

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog | New York City

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A member of the bishop family of cocktails, the name “Lawn Sleeves” references the fabric used to make the ceremonial garments of Anglican or Roman Catholic bishops, which famously hailed from the French town of Laon. Traditionally a mulled wine made with madeira, The Dead Rabbit’s version is spiced with clove, allspice, mace and sarsaparilla.


Serving: 1

  • 5 ounces Lawn Sleeves mix (see Editor's Note)
  • 5 ounces Lawn Sleeves mix (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg, lemon peel

  1. Warm the Lawn Sleeves mix in a small saucepan and pour into a wine glass.
  2. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
  3. Twist the lemon peel over the glass to express the oils, then discard the peel.
Editor's Note

Lawn Sleeves Mix:
12 ounces Madeira
2 dashes Terra Firma Sarsaparilla tincture
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 cup brown sugar
pinch ground mace

Combine all the ingredients in a 16-ounce jar. Allow to macerate for 3 days, then strain through a chinois into a fresh container. Due to the alcohol content, this 14 ounce mix should last indefinitely at room temperature.