Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The (Lynn) House Advantage

Lynn House, award-winning mixologist of graham elliot (Photo: graham elliot)

Who says only boy bartenders have all the fun?!

Award-winning mixologist Lynn House—who's also in charge of graham elliot's cocktail program—seems to be having the time of her life in her second career.

The former full-time actress recently won a place in the finals for the Alchemists of Our Age competition sponsored by Benedictine and Esquire. It's to honor the 500th anniversary of the liqueur created to revive Benedictine monks in 1510.

Going down in New York at the end of the year, each finalist will create a signature Benedictine cocktail, with the winner rewarded with a full-page spread in Esquire's January issue. All finalists will also be featured in the magazine.

And finally, House's signature London Calling, which has been on GE's menu since the restaurant opened in 2008, gets a spot in Gaz Regan's new book, The Bartender's Gin Compendium.

House deconstructs the classic British-originated Pimm's Cup by blending Plymouth Gun with Pimm's #1, using fresh ginger water in place of ginger ale, and infusing homemade apple butter (with apples from her garden!) with a light homemade apple juice. It's topped off with fresh lemon for acidity.

We'll take one, or two, or three!

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