The Deshler Cocktail attract my attention at the one interesting cocktail bolg with good fotos – . . Cocktails with M . . – Adventures with (Mostly) Vintage Cocktails. The autor of this blog like old and classic cocktail and thi is very close to me. Now I explore many cocktail with Dubonnet – the Deshler among them.
The Deshler Cocktail is so old and rare cocktail. It name derived from name of famous lightweight pugilist Davide W. Deshler Jr. I found this cocktail in two my cocktail books – The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff и The Essential Bartender`s Guide by Robert Hess. The recipes are different. It seems that recipe from The Essential Bartender`s Guide by Robert Hess is original. The same recipe contain the CocktailDB. I hope this recipe is equal to first printed in Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Enslin. The Dale’s version look like modern adoptation. I decide to try both variations.
The original type of whiskey for Deshler Cocktail is rye whiskey. The most common substitute of so rare american rye whiskey is blended canadian whisky. Actually is so different kind of whiskey but they have some similar characteristics – spiciness above all.
First of all I try old formula of the Deshler Cocktail:
30 ml rye
20 ml Dubonnet Rouge
1 tsp. Cointreau
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 orange twist
1 lemon twist
Stir all ingredients (yes, with twists) with a lot of ice. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.
The first Deshler was mixed with WILD TURKEY 101 Rye. It is magnificient cocktail with great whiskey palate. The rye absolutely dominate in the drink. Another ingredient has minor notes only – some vine notes of Dubonnet, hint of orange from Cointreau, some bitterness from Peychaud’s. Main palate is powerfull spiciness of rye. Great cocktail!
As rye substitute I try two ordinary blended canadian whisky – Black Velvet and Canadian Club. The results are not awesome but very interesting. This cocktail with ordinary product is great demonstration of mixology goal – to improve drink. Both cocktails has so sweet vine entry, spicy whisky palate and so citrus finish with a pleasant bitterness. Great cocktails too!
In second I try modern version of Deshler Cocktail from The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff. This cocktail is so close to another classic cocktail with Dubonnet – the Dandy Cocktail (see The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock or it’s web-monument for details).
Deshler Cocktail (Dale’s DeGroff var.)
35 ml Dubonnet Rouge
35 ml rye
1 tsp. Cointreau
dash of Angostura bitters
Shake. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.
Actually the shaking of this mix is a grand mistake. This method ruine this cocktail completely. Both modern Deshler (with canadian whisky and with rye whisky) are so poor (but cocktail with rye has great aftertaste) with unplesant sharp bitterness in finish. Certainly, the modern Deshler is not very bad but it is no so good as original.