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The PA Special Cocktail

“This drink is a variant of a Texas Special,” says bartender John Gersten. “The Texas Special features Cointreau, and we thought that the orange flavors of Cointreau come close to the orange flavors in the Yvette. We thought that the lighter flavor of gin and white grapefruit would enhance and not over power the subtle flavors of the Crème Yvette. The choice of gin helped to decide on the name, as both Bluecoat and Crème Yvette are Philadelphia-based companies.”

1 oz. dry gin
3/4 oz. white grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. Crème Yvette
1/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. Cognac
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: fresh berry

Shake all ingredients with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

John Gersten, Drink, Boston

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