Today is kind of a bummer here at Lifehacker, because we are saying goodbye to Melissa Kirsch. Melissa has been our editor-in-chief and fearless leader since around the time I came on as a staffer, and I am currently having a hard time imagining the site without her.
Being a great editor is more than catching typos and assigning stories; it’s caring for your writers, giving the room they need to grow, and coaxing their voices out of them by instilling them with confidence (and catching their typos). Melissa excels at all of this, and Lifehacker has been the better for it.
Since Melissa loves pastis—a star anise liqueur that becomes cloudy when diluted due to terpenes!—I decided to make a very pastis-forward (so Melissa will like it) but extremely stiff Vesper-like cocktail (to drink away the sadness). I replaced the usual Cochhi or Lillet with pastis, and I think it works very well. I also stirred it, because I physically have a hard time shaking an all-booze beverage. To make it, you will need:
60mL of gin
Add everything to a mixing glass filled with cracked ice stir for at least a minute, until the glass becomes very cold. Strain into a coupe, express some lemon zest oils on top, and toast to Melissa.