There is something special about the simplicity of equal parts drinks; they are easy to remember and make, trivial to make the pours a little bigger or smaller depending on mood, and hell, if your lime is a little stingy and doesn't quite give a full ¾ oz, just fill the jigger to the same level with the other ingredients and balance is maintained - no need to try to convert and measure 90% of 1 oz, let alone some fraction of ½ or ¼ oz. You don't even need a jigger, that "1 part" can be eyeballed to the level of the third ridge on a red solo cup, an empty tic-tac box, or whatever else you can grab within reach.
I have chosen the theme of equal part cocktails -- those simple drinks where only one jigger is needed despite how many ingredients are added. These recipes have gained a lot of popularity as classics like the Negroni and Last Word have resurfaced, and variations of these equal part wonders have become abundant. Besides these three and four equal parts recipes, I have had delightful two, five, and six part drinks, and I have definitely spotted seven and more part Pousse-cafés in the literature.
I've fished these waters before (see my "=" tag to the right), eg the 4 ingredient Last Word variation Last Straw, or my 5 constituant Corpse Reviver riff dubbed Blood Infusion, or even the (somewhat absurd) 10 equal factor Einbahnstraße.
My Mixology Monday, I give you another (loose) interpretation of the classic Last Word. I've swapped the gin for rum and the maraschino for orange liqueur. However, I wanted to keep some of the funk that the maraschino usually contributes, so I reached for the hogo-rich Smith&Cross rum. For the orange I'm going with the relatively new Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, mostly because I prefer my drinks a bit dryer than the Last Word, but also because my bottle a shiny, er tasty, new toy. I'd meant to do a review when I first got it, but that didn't happen and that ship has now sailed, but here the gist: it's good stuff.
Swan SongSince some parts are bigger than others, having a sidecar handy for overflow can be a good idea:
Enjoy, and let me know what you think if you give 'er a try. And Cheers to Frederic for braving the wrangling to get us going again.
UPDATE: Fred's got the roundup post up, check it out to see all 29 submissions this month.
Shake and strain into cocktail glass
- ¾ oz Gin
- ¾ oz Maraschino
- ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
- ¾ oz lime