Secrets of the Patty Mills

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My friend David’s method for creating a new cocktail:

1. Come into Carlyle and pick a drink on the menu that includes lemon juice.

2. Order that drink without lemon juice.

3. If the drink is served up, order it on the rocks.

4. Name the new drink after a Blazer.

5. Enjoy.

This method isn’t foolproof. Sometimes the results are, as one fellow drinker put it, “horribly unbalanced.” But sometimes it works. And one of those times is perfect for this week’s Mixology Monday, which is all about tea and hosted by Cocktail Slut:

Tea has played a historical role in cocktails for centuries. Perhaps the best documented early example was its inclusion in punches as part of the spice role to round out the spirit, sugar, water, and citrus line up. Later, teas appear in many recipes such as Boston Grog, English Cobbler, and a variety of Hot Toddies. And present day mixologists are utilizing tea flavors with great success including Audrey Saunder’s Earl Grey MarTEAni and LUPEC Boston’s Flapper Jane. Now it’s our turn to honor this glorious cocktail ingredient!

For a while our menu at Carlyle included an updated version of one of the first cocktails I came up with, a Pegu Club variation made with Earl Grey tea-infused gin. Putting this through David’s drink algorithm produces the Patty Mills:

2 oz Earl Grey-infused Bombay gin
.75 oz Cointreau
1 dash Regan’s orange bitters

Serve on the rocks with an orange zest. It’s a secret off-the-menu drink at Carlyle. But would Patty Mills himself approve? Only time will tell.


3 thoughts on “Secrets of the Patty Mills”

  1. “Secret” & “off-the-menu” FOR NOW…until it becomes an overnight sensation in Portland and makes Carlyle regionally famous.

    Thanks for creating and publicizing this marvelous concoction!

  2. Lordie, lordie!!! I’ve been waiting for this for a week. 😀 and I basically don’t do gin.

    BUT…..this recipe seems very nice. I’m going to try it. I’m also going to try it w/ vodka and some other flavorings as opposed to gin flavorings.

    Interesting story about the guy who named this drink, his methodology for trying cocktails, and how he names them.

    Here is something about drinks on the rocks.

    Lotta guys like them. It turns them into two fisted drinkers. One hand on the drink….the other nervously twirling the sip stick. Uses up a bit of nervous energy. Keeps the free hand from connecting w/ the babes.

    As to naming the drink for Blazers….how cool. The very idea grabbed my attention.

    Me….I like my drinks neat.

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