Fist of Kitchen presents… Eat it: China!

Recooking "The Art of Chinese Cooking" by The Benedictine Sisters of Peking, 1956 | Remixed by Fist of Kitchen 2013

book version

Polynesian Spell

  • oz. gin
  • 1 oz. grape juice
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. triple sec
  • ¼ oz. peach schnapps
  • ½ tsp. simple syrup

Shake well with ice. Officially, this is strained for serving, but I prefer it with the ice left in.

1984 ad from a fashion magazine for Poison by DiorDo you remember Dior’s Poison, the original version from the late ’80s? It had a lovely grapey, spicy, tuberose nose with a whompy bass. Some people found it cloying (hi, mom!) but I always wanted to lick it. The aroma of this refreshing little drink reminded me of that—and tastes a whole lot better than perfume does.

We tried this a few different ways: fancy, organic grape juice from the Coöp, Welch’s, and with grape soda. The organic grape juice tasted marginally better than the Welch’s, but the Welch’s clarity photographs better. The grape soda version was completely undrinkable and poured into the sink!

At a half-cup per serving, the Polynesian Spell is a wee drink, but strong. It tastes so good, though, that it’s hard to sip. If you’d like more refreshment but not the extra booze and what comes after that, the fruity tartness mixes down very well with 7Up.

  • 1 l. (or to taste) 7Up or white soda
  • 1 .750 l. bottle gin
  • c. grape juice
  • c. lemon juice
  • ½ c. triple sec
  • ½ c. peach schnapps
  • Tbsp. simple syrup

Original by Sandro Conti of the Kahiki Supper Club, Columbus, Ohio. Here, from Beach Bum Berry Remixed, a book we highly recommend.

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