The Vieux Carré Cocktail

Before New Orleans’ French Quarter was called “The French Quarter” – in other words, back when it was still French – it was known as “le Vieux Carré” or “the Old Square.” Along with New York, New Orleans is probably responsible for more classic cocktails than any other American city. The best known are likely…

The Orange Bloom Cocktail

Some cocktails wind up creating a whole new flavor out of their unique combinations of ingredients. Others offer a recognizable taste of each of their ingredients. Still others tend to be dominated by one particular ingredient. Drinks in this latter category are often not as good as those that rise above the sum of their…

The Fox Trot Cocktail

From the Savoy Cocktail Book, this is more or less yet another variation on the daiquiri, and a very simple one – maybe too simple. This version leaves out the sugar entirely, using a bit of curaçao in its place, which isn’t really enough sweetness to overcome the tartness of the citrus. The Recipe: The…

The Modern Cocktail No. 1

Another from our now random journey through the Savoy Cocktail Book, this one illustrates very well the problems inherent in Scotch-based cocktails. Despite the occasional gem, Scotch drinks don’t often shine, and you’re more than likely to wind up with something less than enjoyable. The Recipe: 1 dash absinthe 1 dash orange bitters 2 dashes lemon…

Satan’s Whiskers

Satan’s Whiskers comes in two versions – “straight” and “curled.” It appears in the Savoy Cocktail Book, but Ted Haigh also selected it for his Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails – and, as usual, if it appears there, it’s probably really good. This is another of those drinks that winds up to be something greater than the…

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

From the 1947 Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic, this little guy is essentially yet another take on the daiquiri – rum, lime, and sugar; although here the sugar comes with a bit of added dimension via an ingredient called falernum. It’s fun to say, isn’t it? Falernum. Just rolls off the tongue. Falernum. So. You have…