Gustin Gang

A mashup of the 1919 Cocktail from Drink, Phil Ward's Lipspin, and others.
34 oz Gin
34 oz Sloe gin
1 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Punt e Mes
12 oz Cynar
2 ds Peychaud's Bitters
1 twst Lemon peel (As garnish)
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.
At Our Fathers, I decided to riff on the 1919 Cocktail utilizing dry and sloe gin as the two spirits (we were a gin bar after all). While I kept the Punt e Mes intact, I switched from molé to Peychaud's Bitters due to their working well with sloe's fruit notes. Moreover, I swapped the original's Benedictine for Cynar to pair with the sloe gin akin to Phil Ward's Lipspin. For a name, I thought about what else was happening around 1919 -- namely, gangs were gearing up for Prohibition. One famous Boston gang to work bootlegging into their operations was the Gustin Gang. The Gustin Gang was formed in the mid-1910s and by the 1920s began to dominate Boston's underworld. During Prohibition, they purchased rum-running boats that brought booze from international waters into South Boston where they supplied their South Boston speakeasy, the Sportlight, as well as other local establishments.
FRY 2018
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