The Partner is working late again tonight. So given his notorious dislike of all things licorice, it was an opportunity to sample a Pernod bev. I know I’m one of only a handful of peeps who actually like – no, love – the movie, Moulin Rouge. IMHO an entire course could and should be taught on the literary and sociological aspects of the film. It is a film of a particular moment that was soon obliterated by 9/11. For myself, its appeal rests in the fact that it drew together so many of my interests – framed storytelling, literary conventions galore, popular music, Broadway music, it is a musical, iconic actors who actually sang themselves -- ahem -- sans Auto-Tune -- whatever you want to say about their quality, the amazing Christine Anu as Arabia, and (...wait for it...) one of my oh-so guilty pleasures – Ms. Kylie Minogue – was the embodiment of Absinthe herself as the Green Fairy! Could Homo ask for more?
Huh? Oh, yes, the drink! The Green-Eyed Monster is a mouthful o’ licorice. The fact that it only takes a quarter ounce of Pernod makes no difference. All the other liquid in the tipple serves only to dilute the syrupy aromaticity of the Absinthe. If you like this kind of thing, go for it. But this is such a strong flavor, it’s very much a one note wonder – unlike Nicole, Ewan, John, Jim, Richard, Christine, aaaand … **sigh** … Kylie.
2 oz. Irish whiskey
½ oz.sweet vermouth
¼ oz. Pernod
1 dash Angosturas
Shake with cracked ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a lemon twist.