Counter-balancing (is that a redundancy?) the sweet cocktail i created for Valentines' Day, i offer a savory one now. We never paid any attention to MG until we lived in N'Orleans ... but now we're HOOKED! And that expression turns into a pun, since one of the most memorable aspects of the French Quarter scene is the seafood! I've always been a lover of fish and crustaceans, but now my affection approaches Fatal Attraction.... :-) SO...
If It's Okay Bayou
3 oz. of a sturdy gin (Damrak or Bulldog is perfect, but Beefeater's is FINE ... don't use something delicate like G-Vine or Magellan! you want to taste HERBS not flowers)
3 oz. tomato juice
1 oz. clam juice
2 dashes celery bitters
12 or more drops Holy Trinity bitters*
a sprinkle of Tony Cachere's cajun seasoning
1 anchovy filet
Shake to a Zydeco beat with plenty of ice, strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with a spiced boiled shrimp.
Of course, if you're a traditionalist you can always revert to the HURRICANE, one of the cocktails most associated with the Vieux Carre ... and which coincidentally was the first recipe i posted here. ;-)
* honestly, one of the reasons i designed this cocktail this way is because i had these bitters and didn't know what to do with them! ...so if you don't have THEM or Tony C's seasoning, you may improvise with some Tabasco and any other creole/cajun spices.