I love a good murder mystery, and Agatha Christie is the Queen, so I couldn’t go wrong with The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This is one of the Hercule Poirot series and it is resplendent with bucolic English scenery and country estates. There is just something about Agatha Christie’s stories that I love and find almost soothing. If you love murder mysteries but need something civilized then this book is your perfect escape from reality.
The Attention was first published by Hugo Ensslin in the early 1900’s. This was a spirit forward cocktail, heavy on both Créme De Violette and Absinthe, and it’s generally considered to be fairly unbalanced. Harry Craddock recreated a more balanced version called the Atty in the 1930’s. I thought it was only right to start at the beginning, and I couldn’t resist a cocktail called the Attention which also spawned something called Arsenic and Old Lace to go with a Christie murder mystery. The recipe I used was a updated spec by Jamie Boudreau which can be found on Imbibe.
Next weeks read is Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Nathanael Johnson. As always, scroll down for the the specs to try the Attention for yourself.
2 oz. Gin
.25 oz. Dry Vermouth
.25 oz. Absinthe
.25 oz. Créme De Violette
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish with Lemon twist
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir till chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.