Photo: Claire Lower I love trying new cocktails, and nothing annoys me more acutely than almost having all the ingredients I need to make one of them. Sadly, this is the exact situation I found myself in this week when my friend Dan sent me a recipe for the Yellow Parrot , an extremely booze-heavy (and not very cost-effective) three-ingredient libation. I have a pretty full bar cart, but none of the bottles required to make this drink were on it. I did, however, have booze that was similar to, if not exactly the same as, the ones required. Instead of absinthe, I had Pernod brand pastis ; instead of yellow Chartreuse, I had green; instead of apricot liqueur, I had peach. Belying its fancy ingredients, the Yellow Parrot is a pretty simple cocktail—you just stir equal parts of everything over cracked ice for a full minute, then strain it over yet more ice and garnish with lemon zest (which I was of course also out of). My path was clear: to make an almost Yellow Parrot with the not-quite-right ingredients I had in front of me. I decided to call it a “Murky Parrot,” because Pernod gets cloudy when you dilute it. After a full minute of mixing pastis with green Chartreuse and peach liqueur, I was rewarded with a flavorful, boozy beverage with a taste reminiscent of European candy—sweet and herbal and licorice-y. I kept thinking “this is a bit too sweet,” but I also could not […]