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It’s pretty sad to see Town Talk Diner close up shop. Every meal and drink I ever had there was extremely satisfying. It’s especially sad that one of the best cocktail lists in the Cities [for my money, in the top 3 with Bradstreet and The Inn] bites the dust. Here’s hoping that its mixological creations find a way of manifesting themselves somewhere new in the very near future.

As a final salute, I figured I’d mix up my all time favorite drink from TTD: The Jackson Pollock. The Nick Kosevich-crafted masterpiece is a short, tangy French 75 with a few drops of Basil Oil. Here’s a good crack at the recipe for both the oil and the drink from the very good local cocktail blog Summit Sips.

Build in a mixing glass: 1 1/2 oz GIN, 3/4 oz GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, 1/2 oz LIME JUICE, 1 oz SIMPLE SYRUP, 1 oz SPARKLING WINE – Ice, stir.  Drop a scant 1/4 teaspoon of basil oil in a cocktail glass, strain mixture over the oil.

I would add: If you’re batching this cocktail, shake 2 to 3 times all the components except the sparkling wine in a cocktail shaker with ice, then lightly incorporate the same amount of sparkling wine with a spoon before straining.  I could see lining up multiple glasses and drizzling in sequence, watching the oil circles blossom in tandem.

Not having the exact proportions from Nick himself, I’d say it bears a pretty good likeness. It’s built on the classic sour formula; though you can bump up the sugar to equal or surpass the citrus, I like this ratio. I’d rather my sours be a little more sour. I used a 1:1 simple syrup for the sweetener and Prosecco for the sparkling wine. It’s a stunning concoction: tart and fizzy, textured and nuanced. Aesthetically, though, I find the drink more closely resembles Wassily Kandinsky than Jackson Pollack.  Cheers, Town Talk, you will be missed.

Other Things:

  • Cork Dork Wine Co is having a “Dead Of Winter Sale“, through January 29th, 20% off all purchases. Russell pretty much never has sales over there, since his prices are already pretty good. Stock up on his great selection of Rhones to ride out this snowy January.
  • In case you missed it, check out my article on La Crescent over at Heavy Table – it’s a seriously delicious grape if you like off-dry white wines like Riesling.

Thanks for reading! [photo, nga.gov]

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