The Mother-In-Law Cocktail

This one comes from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, and, as he tells the story, is a genuinely “lost” cocktail, discovered in someone’s grandmother’s recipe box. Haigh goes on to suggest it was probably a personalized variation of the Zazarac Cocktail, a known-but-rare drink (and not simply a different spelling of the relatively well-known Sazerac).

Anyway, it’s got a passel of ingredients.

MIL bottles

This probably isn’t one for which you’re going to have everything just lying around. Unless you’ve become a bit obsessive about obtaining various kinds of booze. Like me. But it’s a good excuse to go buy some stuff you should probably have anyway.

The Recipe:

1/2 tsp. Peychaud’s bitters

1/2 tsp. Angostura bitters

1/2 tsp. Torani Amer

1/4 oz. Curacao

1/4 oz. simple syrup

1/4 oz. Maraschino liqueur

4 1/2 oz. bourbon

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. NOTE: These quantities are for two beverages, so if you’re drinking alone, which I don’t recommend, cut everything in half. Or, you know, have a big one. Either way.

MILHey, it’s that sort of brownish-reddish color again. Given that this is like 90% bourbon, it’s really pretty much just the color of bourbon. My dad drank Ten High bourbon on the rocks. It’s the kind of stuff that nowadays comes in a plastic bottle. Please do not ever buy any liquor that comes in a plastic bottle. May I recommend Black Maple Hill? Not that there aren’t plenty of good bourbons out there, but this one is exceptionally good, especially for the price.

This drink comes across to me like sort of a fancy Old-Fashioned – it’s unmistakably a whisky drink, with just a hint of added sweetness and some nice aromatic touches from the other ingredients. Initially, you just get the bourbon, but as you swallow, the subtleties of the other flavors flutter around the palate for a few seconds. It also packs a pretty good punch. If you really like to taste your alcohol, this is a fine beverage. Four livers.


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