Ray Long was the editor of Cosmopolitan throughout the 1920s, presumably before it became the magazine of record for “23 Ways to Drive Your Man Crazy without Touching His Junk”-type articles. Or maybe it was that sort of thing back then too. “#6 – show him your knees.” Anyway, perhaps Mr. Long came up with this one, or ordered it so frequently it took his name. He eventually shot himself in the mouth with a rifle – badly. His maid found him, and he didn’t die until he’d been taken to the hospital some hours later.
I would guess this drink won’t lead you to suicide, but you never know, so consider yourself warned.
1/3 Italian vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
4 dashes (1/2 tsp.) absinthe
I used one ounce of vermouth and two of brandy. Looking at the ingredients, the Ray Long is not dissimilar from the Phoebe Snow cocktail, but this is a much more enjoyable drink, probably because a good vermouth is better than Dubonnet – but also because this is one of the rare drinks I’ve found where a bit of absinthe really helps to liven up the other flavors without giving the whole thing a noticeable (or overwhelming) licorice taste. This is also one of those drinks that grows on you. It’s pretty ho-hum at first, but quite good by the time you’re done with it. Four livers.