Many fans of Midweek Libations will know that I have a penchant for classic cocktails and a particular proclivity for Gin. True cocktail aficionados with similar desires will be hard pressed to find a better establishment to quench their fastidious thirsts than the Pegu Club in downtown New York City. A veritable Mecca of quality, hand-crafted cocktails and intoxicating ingenuity. The proprietor of Pegu is Audrey Saunders, former bartender at Bemelmans Bar and expert mixologist. This week, from her anthology of inspiring cocktails comes the French Pearl.
In the bottom of a clean cocktail shaker muddle 4 fresh mint leaves with ¾ of an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. Fill with plenty of freshly cracked ice and then add 2 ounces of Plymouth Gin, a good dash of Simple Syrup, and ¼ of an ounce of Pernod. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a spiral of lime peel and a sprig of mint. Enjoy.