Gypsy Queen Cocktail - Lessons on Vodka
By Chris Patino
After prohibition a number of Russian and Polish bars and restaurants that catered to immigrant populations in America began (or continued more openly) serving traditional spirits along with their traditional cuisine. Vodka being the spirit of choice for many, it is no wonder that cocktails were born behind these bars that featured the spirit. The Gypsy Queen, recently unearthed by David Wondrich, was created at the Russian Tea Room and can be found in the book "Russian Dishes and What They Are Made Of". Simon Ford of Absolut Vodka demonstrates how to make the Gypsy Queen and discusses the early history of Vodka in cocktails.
2 oz Absolut Vodka
1 oz Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.