MWC: Arnaud Cocktail

Well, as you might have gathered from my latest posts, I totally have a crush on rosso vermouth for now. I accidentally obtained at least one and a half literes of antica formula vermouths (Carpano Antica Formula and Cinzano 1757) and also I had to open at least two bottles of reference samples to scrutinize the red vermouth issue completely. So, I must explore them in whatever which possible way because red vermouth doesn’t keep for a long time, while letting those bottles spoil would be completely wrong and embarrassing.

However such maniacal focusing has at least one unwanted side effect – I tend to set aside my dear wife, to be more exact, her cocktail demands [because she as a rule doesn’t like all these herbal things so much]… And this, you know, might be rather wrong – she might decide to set aside my culinary demands ;) So, I always try to please her with something special. And sometimes I manage to do this not only with a Wild-Strawberry Margarita 8)

Arnaud Cocktail |

This curious vintage cocktail was found in The Museum of the American Cocktail Pocket Recipe Guide 2007 edition by Hess, Robert and Miller, Anistatia (2007, USA), that is, actually, one of my favorite cocktail handbooks. Every time I take this book to read I really admire the cocktail taste and erudition of the authors. It is an excellent and way too cute cocktail book.

Robert Hess and Anistatia Miller give rather a detailed story of this cocktail. The Arnaud was created in 1920s for a promo-company of Booth’s Gin, in which an idea of a star’s choice was explored. So, this cocktail was mixed for and devoted to a French-born English star of theater and cinema, a famous singer and a piano-player in those times Germaine Yvonne Arnaud (1890 – 1958). And I must admit it, she had a pretty refined taste :)

Arnaud Cocktail |

Arnaud Cocktail

30 ml gin
30 ml vermouth dry
30 ml creme de cassis
Stir well with a lot of ice than strain into a cocktail glass.

Actually, Arnaud Cocktail is not only my wife choice, it is definitely my choice too. In my opinion, it is an excellent after-dinner or brunch cocktail which has a ton of advantages.

First of all, Arnaud Cocktail is very elegant. It has quite a comfortable strength and a perfect balance (yes, it is very sweet, but not sickly sweet, you know). The taste is so composite, rich, similar to some exquisite desert wine full of berry, herbaceous and fruity notes. That’s absolutely obvious – the ingredients have plenty to enrich each other. Clearly the main peculiarity of the taste is a strong black-currant note adorned with a bunch of botanicals from gin and dry vermouth on a full-bodied sweet palate. Pretty good!

Also the Arnaud Cocktail has completely noble appearance. Using genuine natural well-crafted varieties of Creme de Cassis such as Crème de Cassis de Dijon, Crème de Cassis d’Anjou or even Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne, which, as a matter of fact, are AOC’s, you never can get a pinkish concoction. No way. Black currant is a black currant, and it was named that way definitely not by coincidence 8) So, with a quality liqueur you can obtain [not only a superb taste, but also] a very dark, deep red, almost black or dark-brownish cocktail so similar to rich red wine, probably with dramatic red hue. Gorgeous!

P.S. ‘MWC’ in the header of this post stands as My Wife Choice. It’s a series of posts devoted to my wife’s favorite cocktails. As a rule I also like these cocktail a lot ;) By the way, previous concoction in the series was Royal Hawaiian.

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise is one of the pop-idol of modern age. This cocktail was invented in bar of Aqua Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico under the Prohibition.

The authentic Tequila Sunrise Cocktail consist of tequila, fresh lime or lemon juice, grenadine and creme de cassis:

The Tequila Sunrise Cocktail circa 1930 (Коктейль Текила Санрайз)

Tequila Sunrise old-style

45 ml tequila
20 ml fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp. simple syrup (optional)
1 tsp. grenadine
1 tsp. creme de cassis
Shake tequila, juice and syrup and strain into ice-filled collins glass. Slowly pour the mix of grenadine and liqueur. Add soda.

The old-style Tequila Sunrise has bright flavor and palate of tequila with light fruitness. I use one of my 100%-agave tequila – Leyenda del Milagro Silver for this drink.

After Prohibition popular Tequila Sunrise come to the USA. Pragmatic american barman modify the recipe. Creme de cassis was eliminate and the fresh lemonade was change with orange juice. But popularity of this cocktail grow.

Two Tequila Sunrise Cocktail modern style (Два коктейля Текила Санрайз)

Tequila Sunrise

40 ml tequila
120 ml fresh oranje juice
15 ml grenadine
Pour into ice-filled collins glass tequila, juice and add grenadine to create chromatic effect (sunrise), do not stir.

A properly make Tequila Sunrise Cocktail – with good tequila (like Jose Cuervo Classico – one of the best mixto that I taste), fresh pressed orange juice and quality grenadine – is excellent drink. It has so sweet fruit citrus taste with great tequila notes. Fantastic summer drink ever.

The Tequila Sunrise (Текила Санрайз)

Also you may serve your perfect Tequila Sunrise into cocktail glass or champagne-fluite straight up. It is right choice for so strong version with good 100% agave tequila.

The Tequila Sunrise Cocktail (Текила Санрайз в коктейльном бокале)

My choice is so strong version with a little grenadine. This Tequila Sunrise has bright and powerful taste of tequila.

Sex on the Beach

This post is about one of my first cocktail – the Sex on the Beach Cocktail (SOTB). The SOTB is relatively young and popular cocktail. It was invented approximately in end of 80-s or start of 90-s for promotion of peach schnapps. Some people consider that name of SOTB connected with sex scandal with William Kennedy Smith. This cocktail is so popular around the world but actualy is not a classic cocktail.

As a many cocktail novice I liked this cocktail very much at one time. This cocktail has sweet and fresh taste, simply preparation and looks so good. Now I decide to prepare and compare some popular recipe of Sex on the Beach Cocktail.

My [historically] first Sex on the Beach Cocktail contains only four ingredients – vodka (always use good premium or ultrapremium vodka with clear and neutral taste), peach schnapps, freshpressed orange juice and preserved cranberry juice. Similar recipe was found in the The Classic Bar and Cocktail Book by Jonathan Goodall:

The Sex on the Beach Cocktail garnished with red maraschino cherry and orange wedge (Коктель Секс на пляже)

Sex on the Beach

30 ml vodka
30 ml peach schnapps
50 ml fresh orange juice
50 ml cranberry juice
Build all ingredients in highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of orange and maraschino cherry.

By the way, I prefer to add one barspoon of grenadine in my Sex on the Beach for more bright color. The Sex on the Beach Cocktail has sweet taste with some piquantness of the peach schnapps and cranberry juice. It is admirable cocktail for some cases or peoples.

Similar composition has “official” SOTB from IBA (International Bartenders Association) site.

Next recipe was found in The Bar and Cocktail Book by Michael Jackson (russain edition).

The Sex on the Beach garnished with a cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный вишней)

Sex on the Beach

30 ml vodka
30 ml peach schnapps
60 ml fresh orange juice
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml pineapple juice
Build all ingredients in highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of orange and maraschino cherry.

This version is more sweet and more light. Great sweet cocktail for modern dancing club. If you use fresh pressed pineapple juice you may obtain excellent results and very delicious drink.

Next recipe I found in The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff. Many good barmans consider that it is more classic recipe of the Sex on the Beach Cocktail:

The Sex on the Beach Cocktail garnished with lime wheel and maraschino cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный колесиком лайма и мараскиновой вишней)

Sex on the Beach

45 ml vodka
15 ml peach schnapps
8 ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml pineapple juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of lime.

I use Bols Raspberry except Chambord on Darcy`s advice. This version has sweet and piquant taste too.

And finally I taste this recipe, which was founded in one of my favorite site –

The Sex of the Beach Cocktail garnished with orange wheel and cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный кружком апельсина и красной вишней)

Sex on the Beach

45 ml vodka
20 ml peach schnapps
15 ml creme de cassis
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml orange juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Great sweet cocktail. This recipe of Sex on the beach Cocktail is so similar to the rest of. All of specified recipe of Sex on the Beach are admirable drinks for some cases and some peoples.

In my Sex on the Beach I use ultrapremim vodka – Russian Standart Platinum. I use three trademarks of peach schnapps – Teichenne Melocoton (Peach) schnapps, Marie Brizard Licor de Melocoton and Bols Peach liqueur – with good results.