The Varnish’s Tuxedo No. 2

Eric Alperin, The Varnish | Los Angeles

One expects standard-bearer craft cocktail bars like The Varnish to get the classics right. And, indeed, they nailed this one like nobody’s business, creating a cocktail that is as smooth as glass.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Beefeater gin
  • 3/4 ounce Dolin dry vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce Maraska Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Pernod absinthe, for rinse

Garnish: lemon twist and cherry

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Rinse a chilled coupe or cocktail glass with absinthe and discard excess.
  3. Strain remaining liquid ingredients into the glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon twist and cherry, fixed together with a toothpick.

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