The New Career
The Metropolitan cocktail is, essentially, a manhattan in which the whiskey is swapped out for brandy. Gin Fizz — a Harlem club evocative of the Jazz Age — offers this alluring riff on it, laced with Chartreuse and, if you like, a touch of absinthe, too. Serving it in a snifter is an elegant touch — it cleverly telegraphs the presence of brandy — and the orange-raspberry-rosemary garnish adds both flavor and glamour.
- 2oz. Remy Martin VSOP
- 1oz. sweet vermouth
- 1tsp. yellow Chartreuse
- 2dashes Angostura or Regans’ Orange Bitters
- ¼oz. absinthe (optional)
- 1spring rosemary
- 1strip orange peel
Step 1Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients except garnishes, and stir. Strain into a brandy sifter.
Step 2To garnish, affix the orange peel and the raspberry to the rosemary sprig, as though it were a cocktail pick. Add to the drink.
Step 3Before straining the cocktail into the snifter, add ice to snifter, then swirl the absinthe in it to coat the glass. Let it sit for about 30 seconds to chill, then discard the ice.