One of our editors was in New Orleans and photographed a banner for the Grande & Secret Order of Obituary Cocktail. Searching for more information on the Grande & Secret Order of Obituary Cocktail, I found two recipes on the internet.
Atlanta has two bar/restaurants dear to our profession, one is named Graveyard and the other is Six Feet Under, across from the historic Oakland Cemetery. Check them out next time you're in Atlanta and order the Obituary Cocktail. If the bartender doesn't know how to make it, here are the two recipes:
Adapted from Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans, by Kerri McCaffety.
Around the beginning of the twentieth century, America invented the ultimate cocktail the martini. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop made a special version with an added splash of absinthe and called it the Obituary Cocktail.
• 4 jiggers dry gin
• 1/2 jigger dry vermouth
• 1/2 jigger Pernod (a legal absinthe substitute)
Chill in a shaker and strain.
Here's another version:
• 2 ounces gin
• 1/4 ounce dry vermouth
• 1/4 ounce pastis
Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.
At the next conference I shall insist on doubles all round.
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