Barbara West Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #9: The Barbara West Cocktail

A classic martini styled cocktail, the Barbara West is sure to please those who love the original martini. Starting with fruit flavors provided by the sherry, and finishing with a dry mouthfeel, this is a great drink for after work while you are reading the paper. (Which coincidently is what I did. How very old mannish of me.)

The Barbara West
2 oz Gin
1 oz Sherry
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a lemon twist

Bebbo Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #8: The Bebbo Cocktail

Next up we have the Bebbo Cocktail. Based upon the Bee’s Knees Cocktail, this drink is another variation on a classic sour formula. It is exactly the same as the Bee’s Knees with the addition of some OJ. Instead of using sugar or simple syrup for the sweetener, we will be using honey. The secret here is to heat the honey to lessen its viscosity and then dissolve the honey in the other ingredients before shaking with ice.

The Bebbo Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey
2 teaspoons Orange Juice
Garnish with a cherry

Aviation Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #7: The Aviation

Much can be said about the Aviation cocktail. First appearing in Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1916), This is a drink that has many variations, and is one of the drinks that started the classic cocktail renaissance. The original recipe is similar to the one I have posted below, with one exception. The original drink called for the addition of crème de violette, a violet liqueur that can be difficult to find. Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), omitted the crème de violette, whether on purpose or by accident, and for the most part the drink has been made without it ever since.

The other unique ingredient in the Aviation is Maraschino Liqueur, a bittersweet, clear liqueur flavored with marasca cherries, which are grown in Dalmatia, Croatia, mostly around the city of Zadar and in Torreglia (near Padua in Northern Italy). The liqueur’s distinctive earthy flavor comes from the marasca cherries, and the distillate is allowed to mature for two years in Finnish ashwood vats, and is then diluted and sugared. The two most popular brands are Luxardo and Maraska.

The Aviation
2 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
2-3 dashes Maraschino Liqueur
Lemon twist garnish

Delicious Sour

Vintage Cocktails #6: The Delicious Sour

This next drink first appears in the 1892 book The Flowing Bowl by William Schmidt. Apparently Schmidt loved to create his own drinks with odd and questionable ingredients, and only occasionally came up with a winner, and this cocktail is definitely a winner!

None of the ingregents in this book are really rare, or unusual in my book. Sure, it uses an egg white, but to me that has just become part and parcel to a great cocktail. I’m not sure I can really even enjoy a sour without that old school layer of foam on the top. Anyhow, the drink does contain Applejack, which I think can be classified as America’s original native spirit. A distillate of hard cider, Applejack is a much bolder “version” of Calvados, the French apple brandy. Applejack, technically is a brandy, but tastes, acts, and is used more like a whiskey. While there were once many distilleries producing this product, now there are few.

Laird & Company of New Jersey is the sole remaining company producing applejack. They make two versions, a generic version of apple spirits mixed with neutral grain spirits, and a bottled-in-bond product. Get the latter if you can find it. Clear Creek Distillery in Oregon also makes an apple brandy that is quite bold, and I think can be subbed for the Applejack if need be.

The Delicious Sour
2 oz Applejack
2 oz Peach flavored Brandy
1 oz Lime Juice
1 Egg White
1 tsp Sugar
Top with Soda Water

The Delicious Sour upon first sip gives a great apple flavor, followed by a rich peach taste, and has a long finish of the sour, flavored again by apple. It is not harsh, in fact, despite that there are 4 oz of liquor, I could barely taste any alcohol at all. Really a splendid drink, and one that I think I will enjoy often. Or at least will press upon others until they give in!