[SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers for Elementary: Season 3]
With the holidays fast approaching, there aren’t many shows to look forward to until January, except for one – Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes crime drama whose fourth season will premiere on November 5th. The show unfortunately lives in the shadow of the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but if you’ve seen any of Jonny Lee Miller’s movies (Trainspotting and Hackers come to mind) you’ll know that he plays an excellent genius and an even better addict.
Elementary has really grown on me because I love the creative spin on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock Holmes, a recovering addict who was thrown out of Scotland Yard and restarts his detective career in New York. Lucy Liu plays Joan Watson, a sober coach who’s hired by Sherlock’s father to keep him on track. Their friendship has taken an interesting arc over the series, starting out first as sober companion and client, then teacher and protégé, and finally, friends and partners. It’s refreshing to see a genuine and loving friendship between people of the opposite sex portrayed on TV without any sexual tension or innuendo. Joan’s journey from sidekick to a detective in her own right has also been fun to watch, but I think that with Sherlock’s relapse in season three, she’ll once again find herself in a caretaking role. I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll maintain her independence and get a more interesting storyline in season four (because I’m still not ok with her giving up her personal life to live in Sherlock’s world).
It would have been fun to do a cocktail in honor of Sherlock’s unbridled genius, but it wouldn’t have been fair when the man can’t even drink himself. I made a Watson-inspired tea cocktail because she’s constantly sipping on tea and probably needs something stronger after putting up with Sherlock’s antics for so long. The following cocktail contains jasmine tea in honor of Watson’s Chinese heritage, gin (a nod to the British roots of the story), and simple syrup. Here’s to the intelligent, compassionate, and dignified Watson, who keeps it together when Sherlock can’t.
The Joan Watson Jasmine Tea Cocktail
(Yield: 1 cocktail)
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ½ ounces honey simple syrup
2 ounces gin
5 ounces jasmine tea
1. Prepare the jasmine tea (1 tea bag to 1 cup of hot water) and chill.
2. Prepare the honey simple syrup by mixing equal parts honey with equal parts water on low heat until the honey dissolves. Chill.
3. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup, gin, jasmine tea, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled, then strain into an old-fashioned cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a fresh or dried jasmine flower.