here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”

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February 6, 2021

We all fall victim to some occasional over indulgence but for hedonistic King Charles II one bibulous bender saw him kick the Royal bucket.

The ‘Merry Monarch’ was famed for throwing debaucherous parties with his courtiers and concubines.
IMG_2904_21-02-05_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Charles_II.jpg And even when he became mortally ill after three days of rather heavy revelry in 1685, Charles didn’t wish to seem a party-pooper, apologetically declaring, “I am sorry, gentlemen, for being such a time a-dying.”

Rumours abounded of foul play but Charles’ penchant for expensive, perfumed seasonings meant any assassin’s poison was quite undetectable.

Our awfully English vodka is certainly fit for a King and in honour of the Merry Monarch this twist on a Dry Martini is spiked with a discrete, yet potent, dose of aromatic Absinthe.


70 ml Broken Clock Vodka
Twist of Amalfi Lemon Peel
One drop of Absinthe


Start by chilling your glass in the freezer or by filling it with ice and water.

Now add the vodka to a mixing glass, top with plenty of ice and stir with a bar spoon until very cold.

Double strain into your chilled glass and twist a slice of lemon peel over the top of the cocktail and around the rim to release the essential oils.

Finally add a drop of Absinth to the surface with a pipette or indeed a concealed apothecary bottle.