It's my book birthday, and I'm celebrating by sharing the recipe for a brand-new cocktail. I have the great good fortune of being friends with one of Los Angeles' premiere mixologists, D Max Maxey, who also happens to be a huge fan of New Orleans. I asked him to invent a cocktail inspired by my series and he happily embraced the challenge. So, with gratitude and much thanks to Max, I bring you...
THE CAJUN COUNTRY MYSTERY
1 oz Bacardi 8 Rum
1 oz Smith and Cross Rum
½ oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth
½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
½ oz Suze
1 light bar-spoon Absinthe
Build the drink by adding each ingredient to an old-fashioned glass. Add block ice, if you have it. Otherwise, use regular ice. Stir to mix flavors and control the dilution. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
As they say in Louisiana, laissez les bon temps rouler!!