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.
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.