Dismayed at the news that Eric Felten won’t be regularly publishing his “How’s Your Drink?” column in the weekend Wall Street Journal, we just might have to drown our sorrows in his farewell cocktail: The Journalist. Pulled from the pages of the great Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930, the Journalist Cocktail is bright and balanced – just like a good journalist.
We will admit to sharing Eric Felten’s drink preference based on seasonality. Manhattans on colder days, martinis on warmer and lots of fruit for summer. Not quite martini, not quite manhattan and with a citrusy dimension, the Journalist cocktail might be the perfect compromise drink for a rainy summer day like today.
2 oz gin (Hendrick’s does quite well in this)
½ oz dry vermouth
½ oz sweet vermouth
1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
1 splash triple sec
1 dash Angostura bitters
?Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Lemon twist.