Das erinnert an vergangene Zeiten

Hey, tomorrow is Alban Berg’s birthday! So here’s an honorary cocktail for the party: rather lush, a little exotically perfumed, a little hell-fire in the background.

Lulu’s Fix

3 parts gin
3 parts lemon juice
2 parts peppercorn syrup*
1 part strawberry purée
A decent bunch of mint leaves

Throw it all in a shaker with ice, and shake well—until the mint breaks up. Strain into a glass (with a coarse enough strainer that bits of mint are floating in the thing) and garnish with an expressionistically long peel of lemon rind.

*Peppercorn syrup: put ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, and a handful of crushed peppercorns (black, green, whatever you’ve got) in a small pot and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the peppercorns have imparted a nice burn.

Here’s a little bit of Anja Silja (Lulu), Richard Holm (Alwa), and Carlos Alexander (dead on the floor), ca. 1968, in a typically awkward tryst:

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