The Bloomsbury is one of my all time favorite gin based cocktails. It is also one of the few that specifically calls for Peychaud’s bitters. A radical twist on the Martini, this cocktail is both sweet and highly herbal. I first encountered it in Robert Hess’ “The Essential Bartender’s Guide”. I asked Robert for the history behind this drink which he created ten years ago.
“The Bloomsbury was a drink I created for a small cocktail competition that Tanqueray 10 sponsored here in Seattle. It was named Bloomsbury after the name of where Tanqueray was first distilled. I don’t remember much more than that about it.”
Be that as it may, it is one tasty cocktail that everyone should add to their short list.
0.5oz licor 43
0.5oz lillet blanc
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
Garnish: lemon twist
Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add lemon twist.