Drink of the Week: The Jamison Cocktail Recip

Drink of the Week: The Jamison Cocktail Recip

Drink of the Week: The Jamison


For the PEN/Faulkner event we mentioned yesterday, along with a drink in honor of Faulkner himself we designed one for each of the two featured authors. Today’s drink is named after Leslie Jamison. Neither of us has read any of Jamison’s work, though a brief internet scan tells us we’re missing out. Since we’re sadly ignorant of the substance of her writing, we ran with the one thing mentioned in all of the various author bios we saw: she lives in Brooklyn–which we probably would have guessed without it being mentioned. Isn’t Brooklyn residency pretty much a job requirement for critically acclaimed authors nowadays?

It just so happens that there’s a Brooklyn cocktail. The Brooklyn, like its sister drink across the river, is a whiskey drink with vermouth. The Brooklyn, however, uses dry vermouth instead of sweet, with the addition of maraschino and Amer Picon. We turned the Brooklyn into a Jamison by substituting gin for whiskey. We thought it was appropriate because Leslie Jamison’s novel is called The Gin Closet–although maybe that makes it horribly inappropriate, because I think the novel is about substance abuse. In any case, we needed a clear liquor drink in the menu, and the swap makes for a delicious drink.

The Jamison



  • 2 oz gin
  • .75 oz dry vermouth
  • .5 oz amaro (Amer Picon isn’t currently available in the US; so we used Ramazzotti)
  • .5 oz maraschino liqueur
  • orange twist, for garnish


  • Stir the first four ingredients until chilled.
  • Strain. Garnish with orange twist.
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