The 52 Fizz
For much of the 20th Century, England’s romantic mist was actually a not-so-romantic brew of coal smoke and fog — the word “smog” was coined to describe it. This week in 1952, the worst smog ever descended upon London, killing at least four thousand people… and providing the inspiration for this week’s cocktail.
Recipe as invented by Martin Ball, bartend at MatchBar in London’s Clerkenwell district:
In a shaker, add:
- 2.5 oz. Beefeater gin
- Dash of passionfruit juice, aka “Dash of Pash”
- Sweet-and-sour syrup - 3/4 oz. lemon juice and 3/4 oz. sugar
- 1/2 egg white for “cloudy” effect
- 1 barspoon of Islay whiskey for a “smoky” finish
Shake violently (to get egg white frothy) and strain into highball glass over ice.