I originally was going to call this martini the Star Trek: Next Generation, however, I decided on the shorter name because I learned this recipe from a friend named Patrick Stuart (not spelled exactly like the actor who played Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, but certainly close enough for cocktail names).
Mint (North Shore Living Herbs Mint, if possible), Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur (with VSOP Cognac), one large Lemon, Bitters, Sugar, and Cayenne Pepper.
Muddle 10 – 12 Mint Leaves in the bottom of a Martini Shaker . After muddling, pour in 3 – 3 1/2 ounces French Ginger Liqueur . Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 large Lemon . Add 7 – 10 drops of Bitters.
Put Ice in the Martini Shaker – Shake! Shake! Shake!
Strain into a martini glass that you have rimmed with a combination of Sugar and Cayenne Pepper (this really adds to the enjoyment of the martini, enhances the flavor and, if done correctly, will give your lips a tingling feeling you haven’t had since your first kiss in high school).
Garnish with North Shore Living Herbs Mint leaves. Voilà – It’s now time to savor a Picard Martini. Engage!!!
Warning: Do not operate heavy equipment or a Starship after drinking two Picard Martinis!