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Video Buzzed: Green Lantern
1905’s bar manager, Melyssa Mason, demonstrates how to make the restaurant’s staple drink, the Green Lantern. By Alejandro Salinas
Comments () | Published October 7, 2009
Absinthe may still be the main draw at this second-story Shaw restaurant, which opened at the height of the spirit’s craze last year, but bar manager Melyssa Mason has created a cocktail menu with a more well-rounded selection. There’s the 4 O’Clock Rocks ($10), which mixes Hendrick’s gin with muddled cucumbers and limes, and the Mely’s Milkshake ($10)—named after Mason—that’s a combination of vanilla vodka, Frangelico, and Bailey’s.

Also on the menu: 1905’s signature cocktail, the Green Lantern ($11). This gin drink is made with muddled limes and basil, a splash of pineapple juice, and a house-made pineapple simple syrup—the secrets of this last ingredient, says Mason, can’t be revealed. “But regular simple syrup also works,” she adds, tauntingly.

Get a demonstration of how to make the Green Lantern below, and make sure to stop by 1905 for a taste of the fall cocktail lineup, which Mason says will feature some warmed Scotch drinks. The recipe for the Green Lantern is included after the jump.

Green Lantern
Melyssa Mason, 1905

2 pieces of fresh lime wedges
3 basil leaves
1½ ounces simple syrup (for a recipe on how to make simple syrup, click here)
3 ounces gin
½ ounce pineapple juice

Place lime and basil leaves in a shaker. Add simple syrup and muddle the mixture. Add gin, pineapple juice, and ice. Shake about 20 times. Pour into a martini glass using a strainer. Optionally, you can garnish the drink with an extra basil leaf.

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