Happy Now #35


The Nervous Light of Sunday (Mike Yusko)

Though burdened with a pretentious name, this recipe is truly worth a strong mention as one of the best cocktails I’ve come across in many, many years.  That said, there’s a history to the name, which you can read at http://barnotes.co/recipes/the-nervous-light-of-sunday by the creator himself.

It’s pretty rare that a cocktail achieves the perfect balance of complexity, sweetness and booziness.  The Nervous Light of Sunday does this and more. Unfortunately, I must confess, Luxardo Bitters are not available at the LCBO. Aperol or maybe Campari (or maybe an equal mix of both) would be an alternative.

1 ½ oz Tanqueray Gin
½ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
1 oz Lemon
¾ oz Luxardo Bitters
14 drops Fees Old Fashioned Bitters
14 drops Fees Grapefruit Bitters
1 Grapefruit Twist


  1. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass with a single large ice cube.
  2. Garnish with grapefruit.

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