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You can keep your hard shake and your overwrought bitters collection.

We'll be at Lantern's Keep in New York, basking in a new technique known as the "regal shake."

In an age of complicated bar maneuvers, the methodology is mind-bendingly simple: Just throw a grapefruit twist in with the contents of a cocktail, then shake and strain.

Lantern's Keep co-owner Theo Lieberman came to the idea after a particularly long and stressful day. Since his mother had used grapefruit oils as a homeopathic remedy during his childhood, he threw a peel in with his daiquiri components. The results were surprising: "It dried the drink out, made it smoother," he says.

Since then, Lieberman has fine-tuned the shake, and uses it in place of fancy bitters' extra depth of flavor. The technique has spread to other bars, including Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Raines Law Room, where bartender Meaghan Dorman has named a drink, the Regal Pompadour, after the shake.

Try the regal shake with drinks that incorporate honey, such as the Gold Rush, or with any that are composed of sugar, citrus and base spirit.

Apparently, it's all in the pith.


Regal Daiquiri
Recipe adapted from Theo Lieberman, Lantern's Keep, New York
Makes one drink

Ice
2 ounces white rum
¾ ounce simple syrup (1:1)
1 scant ounce lime juice
Grapefruit twist

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve.

Regal Pompadour
Recipe adapted from Meaghan Dorman, Raines Law Room, New York
Makes one drink

Ice
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup (1:1)
¾ ounce Château Montifaud Pineau des Charentes
1½ ounces Banks 5 Island Rum
Grapefruit twist

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve.

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