New York at the end of the 80's, before the Disneyfication of Times Square, before Black Monday decimated Stock Markets, when grit was glam and Twin Towers held sway - this is the setting and the time of Jardine Libaire's violent novel, White Fur.
I've called this novel tragic, dangerous, and sexy AF - and it's all that, but so much more. It's Romeo and Juliet without punches pulled - which says a lot, or is should, because Shakespeare didn't do much in the way of pulling punches himself.
It's Elise Perez meeting Jamey Hyde - Hello irresistible force meeting immovable object. Their affair is white hot, but the problem with a flame that's blinding and incendiary is that it's impossible to sustain without serious damage being inflicted on all comers.
Unfortunately, I am embarrassed to say that I have misplaced my tasting notes - the explanations for why I chose the flavors and scents that I did to create Ms. Libaire's drink. When I find them, I will add my reasons. Until then, you'll have to take my word that this is inspired by White Fur in all its New York glory.
White Fir for Jack London:
3.5 oz. gin
.5 oz. vermouth
1 spritz Fir Essential Oil - (Aftelier Perfumes)
Cocktail onion for garnish
Combine gin & vermouth with ice. Stir well. Strain into chilled glass. Spritz with Fir Oil. Garnish with onion.