Sometimes, boredom and back bar bottles lead to ingenious cocktail riffing. “I pulled Plymouth sloe gin off the shelf and wondered what to do with it besides a Sloe Gin Fizz,” says Colin Shearn, former bartender and manager at Philadelphia’s Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.
After playing around with some Marie Brizard crème de cacao, rum and bourbon—because, why the hell not?—Shearn stumbled upon the ideal blend of booze and bitters to complement this oft-overlooked spirit. As for the name, it comes from Abraham Lincoln, via Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor. “There’s a clip of someone reading an Abe Lincoln speech,” explains Shearn. “It’s a phrase from that.”