Rule of Thirds

Maggie Morgan | New Orleans, Louisiana

With this New Orleans–inspired cocktail, bartender Maggie Morgan decided to riff off the “holy trinity” of Cajun cooking: onion, bell pepper and celery. The clean, herbal notes of the gin and the bright citrus kick of lemon juice help bond the vegetal and Southern spice elements into a balance of sweet, sour and savory, recalling the “rule of thirds” principle in artistic composition.


Serving: 1

  • 2 parts Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 3/4 parts bell pepper syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • 3/4 parts lemon juice
  • 2 dashes celery bitters

Garnish: andouille seasoning, cocktail onion

  1. Add gin, bell pepper syrup, lemon juice and celery bitters to a shaker tin.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Double-strain into a coupe half-rimmed with andouille seasoning.
  4. Garnish with a cocktail onion.
Editor's Note

Bell pepper syrup
Makes one quart

16 ounces granulated sugar
16 ounces water
3-4 red bell peppers, sliced

Combine sugar and water in a pan over low-medium heat. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved. Add peppers to pan and turn heat to medium-high. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer mixture for 15 to 20 minutes, until syrup is a light orange color. Remove from heat, strain, and cool.