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Paul Feig, creator of the cult classic Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids and many outrageously funny episodes of The Office, shares his tasty orange-flavored take on the martini from his new book, Cocktail Time!
"Before we get to this quite delicious original drink I invented (Feig buffs nails on shirt), let's talk cocktail parties again. When I was telling you how to throw the perfect cocktail party, I left out one small piece of advice. My good friend Tania ldle has a tradition she's been doing for years at her parties: She always keeps a small silver box filled with fake mustaches on her coffee table. Whenever the energy at her parties starts to flag, or if she just wants to kick things into high gear, she makes everybody put on a fake mustache. It sounds crazy, but I've never seen it fail to work. People simply love wearing fake mustaches. It's funny and weirdly stylish, and you discover that some people look way better with a bit of facial hair, even if it's fake. Suddenly everybody is having the greatest time ever. Order a few packs of fake mustaches online and give it a try!
And now for the drink. When I first started doing my cocktail show to raise money for charity and cheer people up during the Covid-19 quarantine, I noticed the word quarantini was beginning to gain in popularity, but it didn't have an actual drink associated with it. Enterprising man that I am, I decided to invent one. And this is it! But, since the worst of the pandemic is now behind us, I figured the last thing any of us want to hear is the word quarantine. So, l am proud to present to you...the Feigtini!" —Paul
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the gin, sake, Cointreau, and bitters. Shake vigorously, then strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange twist and Feig it up!
Excerpted from Cocktail Time! by Paul Feig. Copyright © 2022 by Paul Feig. Used with permission by William Morrow Cookbooks. All rights reserved.
Always drink responsibly.