Blue Monday

No, I’m not just saying that because it’s Monday. This is yet another of the erstwhile blue drinks from the Savoy Cocktail Book. So, since it’s Monday, we’ll go with this one. Although technically we drank it on a Sunday. Close enough. Vodka doesn’t crop up too often in the Savoy, and when it does, it’s usually in conjunction with several other spirits. A predominantly vodka cocktail is definitely a postwar thing, so this is kind of a rare bird to find in a 1930s collection.

The Recipe:

3/4 vodka

1/4 Cointreau

Wait, that’s it? “You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency.” – Peggy OlsonMad Men

Alright, well, maybe because it’s two spirits and not a spirit and a mixer, this one counts. Also, since it’s supposed to have blue coloring added (blue vegetable extract, to be precise), I guess that’s technically three ingredients? Whatever.

I went all metric on this one, because 3 ounces seemed like too much vodka, and 1 1/2 not enough, and those are the easiest amounts to use given the called-for proportions. So I used 60 ml of vodka (more or less two ounces) and 20 ml of Cointreau.

Blue MondayNot a lot going on visually. I guess I can see why you might want to make this one blue. This is a strong drink, because, well, it’s made entirely of booze. It tastes like, uh, vodka and Cointreau. In that order. Which means it tastes like alcohol and oranges. Not bad, really. It sits well, gives a nice little kick, and goes down quite smoothly. It definitely grew on me over the short course of its life; Katie liked it a lot right from the get-go. Four livers.


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