23 January 2012

Let's Drink To The Year Of The Dragon

The year of the dragon begins today.  It is an auspicious year.  Dragons partake of the five elements: water, earth, metal, fire, and wood.   Like poet Walt Whitman, they are vast, they contain multitudes. After a Green Dragon or two, you too will be able to breathe fire.

The Green Dragon Cocktail is a simple, sweet drink whose most unusual ingredient is kummel liquor (a blend of caraway and other spices).  While its origins are unclear, the classic version appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book  by  Harry Craddock in 1930.  The following recipe makes one Green Dragon cocktail.

1/2 oz. kummel, 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe, 1 & 1/2 oz. gin, juice of half a lemon, 4 dashes of orange bitters.
Fill a cocktail shaker half full with shaved ice.
Add the other ingredients and shake gently for 10-15 seconds, being careful not the bruise the gin (!)
Strain the liquid into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. Drink!

1. Bertha Lum  - Green Dragon Cocktail, 1937, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts.
2. Bertha Lum - The Woman In The Chinese hat, 1924, San Francisco Musuem of Fine Arts. 

Also: May I direct readers to the excellent  Bertha Lum website by Laurent.


Rouchswalwe said...

Happy New Year from a Wood Dragon!!

Jane said...

Happy New Year to you, mighty five-fingered dragon!

Delilah said...

Love the at work, I'm not sure about the drink but what the put a little dragon in me LOL

Jane said...

Delilah, it's quite tart, actually. A sweet drink wouldn't do for a dragon. Of course, it has to be green!
Bertha Lum was one of the first American woodblock printers whose works I saw.