The Sunshine Cocktail No. 1

I always wonder about these cocktails with the same name but different recipes. Are they meant to be variations of each other, or are they cases where people independently came up with very different cocktails that just happened to be given the same moniker? Obviously, in the cases of things like Manhattans or Martinis, it’s the former. But with the Sunshine, considering Nos. 1 and 2 have basically nothing in common, I’m going to go with the latter. Anyway, it’s the Sunshine No. 1 today.

The Recipe:

2/3 gin

1/3 Italian (sweet) vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir well, and strain into a rocks glass with a large lump of ice. Squeeze a twist of orange on top.

Sunshine No. 1

This is actually quite similar to the Savoy Hotel Special Cocktail No. 2, substituting sweet for dry vermouth, bitters for Dubonnet, and not specifying a specific gin. Also, this one is served with ice. Apart from all those differences, it’s exactly the same.

Except this one is not as good. The sweet vermouth doesn’t get along as well with the gin as does the dry vermouth, and tends to mask the herbal notes of the gin, leaving mostly alcohol flavors. Likewise, the gin seems to cancel out much of the sweetness of the vermouth, bringing the bitter notes to the fore. I’m probably making it sound worse than it is, because it’s not at all bad. Three livers.

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