Film Noir Cocktail Series Installment 2: Norma Desmond
In this installment of my Film Noir Cocktail Series, we take a little journey to the golden age of Hollywood.
In the film Sunset Boulevard, struggling writer Joe Gillis happens upon former star Norma Desmond while evading the repo-man. Norma hires Joe to be her "script doctor" while re-writing her comeback script. She eventually becomes obsessed with Joe, and the film culminates with Joe floating face-down in the swimming pool. Norma descends the staircase to the lights of the paparazzi, who turn out to be the police.
I like to re-imagine this playing out in modern-day Hollywood. Joe is moonlighting at a high-end LA cocktail bar. Every night, upon returning home, Joe is asked to make Norma her favorite drink, a Gimlet. Being the savvy cocktail expert he is, Joe creates something with a touch more balance than the tired old classic. This sends her into a fit of rage, and Norma murders Joe for tampering with her beloved Gin-laced Lime Bomb.
Here is the cocktail I imagine Joe making for Norma - a refreshing gin libation with a touch of mid-century tropics as well.
2oz Watershed Four Peel Gin
.75oz La Quintinye Extra Dry Vermouth (of course French Vermouth only for a lady of sophistication)
.5oz Pineapple-Lime Shrub
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a Lime peel cut into a film strip.
Sip with pretension.
"All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."