The Belltown Passion Makes Me Actually Like Gin

And for those having sex, this drink should help.

Name: Jennifer Lee (not to be confused with Jennifer 8. Lee of The New York Times, she of the forced Sunday Styles "trend" pieces and obnoxious numeric moniker). Bar: Toi, 1904 Fourth Ave., 267-1017, www.toiseattle.com. BELLTOWN Favorite drink to make: The Belltown Passion, a gin-based concoction served in a martini glass that Lee, previously a ginophobe, says "makes me like gin." What's in a Belltown Passion: Bombay Sapphire gin, Parfait Amore, and fresh lemon. Per Lee, the drink was invented by a former Belltown Pizza bartender named Marcus, and won best "freestyle" cocktail in Bombay's annual corporate-sponsored mix-off. What makes it distinctly Seattle: Beyond the neighborhoodsy name, the Belltown Passion, in Lee's opinion, carries on the Seattle tradition of favoring "classic stuff" more than, say, San Fran does. Bet you didn't know: That gin, unlike other liquors, is nature's Viagra. Or at least that's what my buddy Brent has been claiming for years. I've never had sex. What a functionally alcoholic managing editor thinks of the Belltown Passion: My first go-round with Lee's potion was sort of icky, but I decided to give her passion a second chance and was rewarded for it. I conveyed my thoughts candidly to Lee, a four-year veteran of Toi, who admitted to being a tad nervous when mixing my first Passion. I soon switched to straight Maker's at the Two Bells. That's more my speed. If, like most people, a creamy little mixed drink with clear liquor is more your speed, go see Ms. Lee.

 
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