To make one Lazlo’s Mar-Tea-Ni

To make just one Lazlo’s Mar-Tea-Ni is a sin. Make two, offer to your friends.

  • 3 Earl Grey tea bags.
Use real Earl Grey, not this modern “Nouveau Gris” tea. The bags though, a valuable convenience. Lazlo loves the West.
  • 70ml gin (that’s a double with the 35ml (larger) measures)
Lazlo recommends Welsh Brecon gin.[1]
  • 4 ice cubes
This may be difficult. Maybe you know someone rich who owns refrigerator? At home in Georgia, Lazlo breaks fresh ice from the mountains.
  • 2 large lemons
Halve the lemons and cut a few wedges for garnish. Squeeze the halves.
They will never be the beautiful lemons of Batumi, but this is the cost of living in the West.
  • 60ml simple syrup
To make

Steep the tea bags cold in the gin for 10 minutes.

Put ice cubes into cocktail shaker and pour in the gin, but not the tea.

Pour in the lemon juice and the syrup.

Shake your cocktail to let the ice chill it. Spend minutes and minutes doing this. Much flourish. Much making like Hasselhoff. Chat to pretty girl customer at bar. Realise why Tom Cruise want to be barkeeper like Lazlo. Behind bar, no-one see beercrate you stand on.

Rub the rim of a conical martini glass with lemon, pour and garnish with a lemon wedge. When serving in bar, Lazlo strains out the ice, same as he taught Tom Cruise when he learning to be barkeeper at Lazlo’s Bar in New York. At home in heat of Black Sea summer though, sometimes Lazlo leave the ice in.

Simple syrup

Simple syrup is a barkeeper’s standard. It can be purchased in the markets, but is also very easy to make. Simply dissolve sugar in a pan of hot water, heating continuously on the stove until it is dissolved. Pour into a bottle and cool. The sugar and water are equal weights: 1 gramme of sugar to each ml or cc of water. Use an unrefined (golden) sugar for taste, or even palm sugar. Fine caster sugar dissolves most easily, but even lump palm sugar or jaggery will dissolve eventually. This needs to be made at least the night before, as it’s used cold.

Gomme syrup isn’t quite the same, as it’s clouded with gum arabic. If that is all you have, you use it.

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