Since we gave you the metallic gold of the Gold Star, let's introduce you to a second Parfait Amour pour. It's called the Nightfall on the Lake and it is one of the most asked about originals we've ever poured. The Nightfall is a true cocktail, meaning that it contains bitters. It is the bitters that silver the Parfait for a unique color. In addition, we use fennel fronds to complete its attention-grabbing appearance. I am not a garnish nazi. I believe in the maxim that all a garnish can offer should be offered, including its sight, smell, and taste.
Limes - Two cuts and a twist in the Summit; long channel-knife twist in the Mockingbird; wheel in the Blind Corridor.
Olive - Classic martini-style in the Dirty Vesper.
Mint - Presented flower-style in the Grasshopper.
Cucumber - A wheel and sticks are presented in the Cucumber Mule. (Cut in the same fashion as Miss Charming cuts limes).
Now for the recipe!
Nightfall on the Lake
2 ounces Hendrick's gin
1 ounce Parfait Amour
1/2 ounce Cointreau
2 drops of orange bitters
fresh fennel fronds
Chill a cocktail glass. Crush fennel fronds in a shaker with 1/4 ounce of the Cointreau. Add ice to the shaker. Add the remainder of the ingredients and shake. Place a stack of fennel fronds into the cocktail glass. Pour the cocktail over the fennel and drink.