What do you get when you mix classic science fiction (Jules Vernes’ Around the World in Eighty Days) with classic cocktails (Charles Baker’s Jigger Beaker & Flask) and add in a few dashes of Thirsty Jane? My current work in progress: Around the World in Eighty Drinks — A Cocktail Travelogue guaranteed to help you leave your life’s woes behind as you adventure to exotic locations with equally exotic drinks. My research “officially” begins today. I made a drink from Baker called Jerusalem’s Between the Sheets a la Thirsty Jane. Although Phileas Fogg didn’t stop in Jerusalem, he might have encountered this drink while en route between Italy and Egypt. As Baker says of the drink, “Like the American Side Car, and other truly worthwhile cocktails this invention is totally sound.” Indeed! This recipe is a great example of how I love to experiment with cocktails. Take a classic and either switch out an ingredient or add in an ingredient. Here, the addition of gin completely changes the drink, yet the classic hints of a Side Car still remain. Dry, boozy, and full of citrus. This gem is perfect for any time of the year.
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce gin
1 ounce orange curacao (Baker called for Cointreau, but I switched to a dry orange curacao to pull back on the sweetness of the drink without changing the orangey balance)
1 ounce lemon juice
Shake a long time with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.