We’re back to the classic Savoy Cocktail Book for this one. I haven’t been able to track down much of anything about the provenance of the Moll, but it presumably takes its name from the word for a gangster’s girl (who often, herself, packed a piece) that was being popularized in the nascent hard-boiled detective stories of the 1920s – although the term, referring to an unmarried female consort of a professional thief, dates to at least the early 17th century. Nothing like a little etymology with your mixology, eh?
1 part gin
1 part French vermouth
1 part sloe gin
A few drops of orange bitters (I went with a dash)
The Savoy also calls for sugar to taste, but I didn’t feel it needed any. Suit yourself in that regard.
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Perhaps not surprisingly, given that it is largely equal parts gin and vermouth, the Moll tastes not unlike a Negroni, albeit one with strong notes of plum and orange (from the sloe gin and bitters, respectively). It’s a pretty satisfying little cocktail, although like the Negroni it features a not-insignificant bitterness. If you’re really not keen on bitter, avoid this one. But I quite liked it. Four livers.