My dear readers! My blog has birthday today :) Three years ago I registered this domain and start blogging here. And than we may drink for this! I propose to drink one rare old-school cocktail – the Three Miller Cocktail.
In my mind the name of this cocktail strongly connected to Prohibition and bootlegers. You may read some interesting facts about this cocktail (and it original name – The Three Mile Limit) at Esquire Drink Database or The Underhill Lounge Blog.
I use recipe from one of my favorite cocktail book – Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Anthony Hogg (but in this book this cocktail has name – Three Miler):
40 ml brandy (cognac)
20 ml white rum
1 dash fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grenadine
Shake all ingredients in a shaker with a lot of ice. Strain into cocktail glass.
I use both of my new bottle of cognac – HENNESSY VS and VSOP. As white rum I use Bacardi Cartablanca (particularly this rum is recommended by Harry Craddock).
First cocktail with HENNESSY VS has so sweet and strong taste with interesting cognac palate and short and pleasant aftertaste with notes of wood. It is good evening cocktail. But with HENNESSY VSOP Cognak this cocktail is awesome. It has rich and complex taste with great palate and long smooth aftertaste.
Today we drink the real old and almost forgotten cocktail – the Fairbanks Cocktail. The name of this cocktail as Ted “Doctor Cocktail” Haigh supposed origanate from Doug Fairbanks (movie star) or Charlie Fairbank (Amarican politician). Any way it is old but interesting drink.
Actually the Fairbanks Cocktail is variation of famous Martini Cocktail with two dash of creme de noyeaux – French almond liqueur. I use the substitute of creme de noyeaux – amaretto (Disaronno Originale – Italian almond liqueur).
50 ml gin
20 ml dry vermouth
2 dash orange bitters
2 dash creme de noyeaux
Stir in a mixing glass with a lot of ice, strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
The taste of Fairbanks Cocktail is great. The dry and herbal taste with great orange palate with a hint of sweet almond. It is very interesting evening cocktail.
This post was inspirated by my new book – Old Man Drinks: Recipe, Advice, Barstool Wisdom by Robert Schnakenberg (Quirk Books, 2010).
It is one of the great book in my shelf. The list of cocktail is very interesting (for real man, of course!) and include a lot of classic – Martini, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned etc. Actually in this book you can not find cosmo’s or appletini’s – only old man drinks. Only refined classic for all times. And the zest of this book is photo of old man (great portraits, actually) and barstool wisdom is short and unwearying form.
For my todays mood I choose one interesting cocktail with classic composition – spirit, lemon juice and sweetener:
New York Cocktail
50 ml blended whiskey
25 ml fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp grenadine
1 tsp. superfine sugar
Combine all ingredients in the shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
As author advice I use Crown Royal Fine de Luxe Blended Canadian Wisky for this cocktail. Also I use homemade pomegranate grenadine for real man results.
The New York Cocktail is great Old Man Drinks. It has sweet and sour taste with great whisky palate. The aftertaste is long and pleasant with notes of wood and honey.