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Happy Hour: French Pearl Cocktail

Elena North-Kelly

August 22, 2014

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Pegu Club's French Pearl Cocktail

At our recent Cocktails Through the Ages event, we savored this refreshing, elegant libation created by mixologist Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club, one of New York City's most renowned cocktail institutions. The French Pearl is a tribute to the Beaux-Arts Neoclassical architectural movement of the late 1800s in France, an era in which sipping pastis was quite fashionable. The “pearl” refers to the visual opacity of the drink—an effect referred to as “louching,” which naturally occurs when any anise-flavored liqueur or spirit meets water. Get the recipe here. 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.