“The lover”, a wonderful novel by Marguerite Duras published in 1984, is about another unconventional love story and it is the source of inspiration for today’s cocktail dedicated to Valentine’s Day. The story is set in Indochina in the ’30s, in a small town on the Mekong River, where a fifteen-year old French girl of humble origins and a rich twenty-seven Chinese man fall in love. She is a curious and calculating individual, and tries not to give in to sentimentality while he, more adult and mature, knows the true meaning of the word “love”. A story that is sweet and bitter at the same time, but prohibited by the difference of race and social class to which they belong. A relationship that starts with sex, but which will then lead the two lovers, separated by the father of the boy, to recognize the deep feeling that bound them together. If you are alone on Valentine’s Day and you do not know how to celebrate, leave the world behind you, open a novel and savor the whole story while drinking a cocktail that will keep you company. If something has to happen, it will happen. If you have been in a couple of more or less time, shake your evening and impress your partner with an elixir with a smoky and salty flavor. We know that a salty kiss… Shall I go on?
Recipe. FOR 1 GLASS
20 ml (0.7 fl oz) lime + 10 ml (0.4 fl oz) honey + 10 ml (0.4 fl oz) Grand Marnier + 40 ml (1.5 oz) tequila reposado + 10 ml (0.4 fl oz) Lagavulin + ice + black salt on the glass rim.
Take a cocktail glass and rub the lime wedge around the rim. Put the black salt on a plate and turn the glass upside down onto the dish of salt and twist until the salt adheres to the outer rim. Put a piece of lime in a shaker, add all the ingredients and the ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain the liquid so that the ice does not end up in the glasses, pouring it directly into the glasses.