This is a cocktail that looks like a lemon drop. I know. I know! Sometimes, though, I wish I lived in a cartoon so I could serve this to someone and watch as their eyes bug out and their head spins 360 degrees over some appropriately kooky sound effects.
And then I would jump up and run in place mid-air, because that seems fun.
The thing is, what you see above is just a pretty, exceptionally…. yellow way to serve up strong, herbal gin with a touch of smoky mezcal. (Not that anybody ever sees mezcal coming.) Don’t get me wrong–it looks bright and citrusy, and it is… But the lemon isn’t there to balance out a buttload of boozy sugar, but rather a healthy dose of gin, smoke, and just a touch of nutty, grown-up Maraschino sweetness.
So yeah, this thing = one classy broad.
I’m still not done playing with Old Tom gin, as you can see. It’s basically recreated 18th-century English–obviously fantastic and really, really special.
As for the name of this, well, I’m sure you follow my Train of Bizarro Thought. Deceiving looks? Cartoons? Eh? Eh?
Confession: all I know about Transformers is that I accidentally went to see one of those Michael Bay movies and ended up fidgeting for the last half of it (which was, like, an hour and a half). And I never fidget, you guys. It was that bad. I really could have used one (or two) of these… I am far better at drinking than getting through bad flicks. Know your strengths–let’s toast to our talents! We are all so very talented.
1 1/2 ounces gin, preferably Old Tom
1/2 ounce mezcal
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Lemon twist, for garnish
Add everything except the garnish to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish.