Our Long Pour: “Tamara in a Green Bugatti”

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Not everyone wants a bar stocked with a dozen bottles of obscure bitters and tinctures, so we always think twice before posting a drink that risks leading you in that direction. That said: we think this drink alone merits the purchase of a bottle of Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters. If you like dry, herbal-floral aromas alongside tart lemon and cool gin flavours, you’ll love this one. It was a hit at a recent dinner party.

The drink has a wonderful backstory, having been named after a painting titled “Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti).” Wikipedia notes that this “is a self-portrait by the Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka, which she painted in Paris in 1929. It was commissioned by the German fashion magazine Die Dame for the cover of the magazine, to celebrate the independence of women.”

As if that’s not enough, the drink hails from the Atlas Bar in Singapore, a jaw-dropping Art Deco masterpiece with a 1,300 bottle, 15-metre tall gin tower. We’re strongly considering making this our first overseas trip once we emerge from pandemic hell.

Tamara in a Green Bugatti

  • 1.5 oz French gin (e.g., Citadelle. We had some very rich and assertive Normindia gin on hand and used 0.5 oz of that alongside 1 oz of Bombay Sapphire; this worked brilliantly.)
  • 4/5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup (1:1)
  • 2 dashes Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters

Shake over ice and strain into a rocks (old fashioned) glass with a large cube or sphere of ice. Garnish with a mint plouche and a lavender stalk. Take a sip, close your eyes, and let your wanderlust take it from there.

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