The Little Grey Lady Cocktail

Warm weather has finally arrived. This easy-going combination of gin, Cocchi Americano and elderflower is a beachside getaway in a glass.
Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Jackson Cannon, Greydon House, Nantucket, Massachusetts

A beachside getaway on the quaint island of Nantucket off of Cape Cod seems idyllic when the mercury starts to climb, and this refreshing sipper is just right to watch the boats glide by.

Jackson Cannon, best known for his work with Boston bars The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar, created this crisp cocktail as part of the drink menu for Greydon House, a boutique hotel on Nantucket that opened in October.

Plymouth Gin has a relatively neutral flavor profile and won’t fight with the other ingredients in this drink. Save the more pronounced juniper notes of London dry gin for gin and tonics and martinis.

The six-cocktail menu at the clubby bar nods to Nantucket’s maritime heritage. The Little Grey Lady is a classic reference to how the island looks from the ocean when it’s wrapped in a delicate fog.

At the bar, this drink is served in a custom-made “glug jug,” a ceramic vessel usually that looks like a fish. However, this drink, like similar equal-parts cocktails that include the Corpse Reviver #2 and the Sunflower, is equally at home in a coupe, which showcases its delicate pink blush.

Gin Botanicals, Decoded
Ingredients
  • ¾ ounce Plymouth Gin
  • ¾ ounce Cocchi Americano
  • ¾ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Directions

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into coupe or Nick and Nora glass.

Published on May 10, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, coming fall 2016) as well as Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books, 2013).   Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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