Tales from the Elix: Soiled Kimono

Often times, inspiration for creating cocktails can come from unusual places.  Like, a few weeks ago, during a 19 day SNL Marathon on VH1 Classic, when I was able to catch a glimpse of “Mr. Mike’s Least Loved Bedtime Tales:  The Soiled Kimono.”  The sketch itself is everything we love about strange, vintage SNL, and stars Michael O’Donoghue as a misanthropic bartender, as well as Laraine Newman as a bar patron asked to sing in lieu of payment.  But that’s not what we’re here today to talk about.  We’re here to talk about the drink itself, the Soiled Kimono.
During the sketch itself, a recipe is given for the drink, along with a ridiculous backstory, which I’m including here.  This backstory itself is a perfect parody of cocktail culture and lore, and is one of the main reasons I fell in love with this cocktail.
“THE STORY OF 
THE DRINK
 
A Japanese aviator was 
angry with an unfaithful 
Geisha girl. 
“Take this!” he said, 
flinging 2/3rds of a glass 
of costly French champagne 
in her face.
“And this!” he said,
flinging 1/3rd of a glass 
of Japanese plum wine 
in her face.
“And this!” he said,
flinging a paper butterfly 
in her face.
“Why this tastes delicious!” 
she exclaimed, kissed him, 
and then hit him 
in the lungs 
with a gardening tool. 
The end.”
When it came time to create our own Soiled Kimono, we decided to stray from the recipe a bit.  Essentially, we created a variation on a French 75 with Greenhook Ginsmiths Plum Gin Liqueur, a wonderful fruit-forward gin out of NYC, created by some people doing some really great things.  We opted against folding our own paper butterflies to place on top of the drink (albeit not for lack of trying), and ended up using an intricate lemon twist instead.
Overall, we’re really happy with how the Soiled Kimono ended up turning out, and it’s currently available on our brunch menu (Saturdays and Sundays), and during standard Elixir Bar hours (TuesdaySaturday evenings).  This cocktail just goes to show that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to do a great cocktail, you just have to keep your eyes open.  Inspiration can come from anywhere, as long as you’re paying attention.
Soiled Kimono
FLUTE – LEMON TWIST – SHAKE
1.0 oz Greenhook Plum Gin
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
top with inexpensive French Champagne
Shake gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with house ice and double strain into a champagne flute.  Top with bubbles. Garnish with a paper butterfly, or a lemon wheel.  Whichever is easier.