Brandy Milk Punch

Vintage Cocktails #25: Milk Punch

Well, here we are. One Quarter of the way through Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. I have tried many a drink that I otherwise would never have tried, and have purchased many an ingredient that I have wanted, but never had the need for. Really, if I had the money, I would buy the whole liquor store. It is that cool. Enough rambling and on to the drink.

The Milk Punch is traditionally a breakfast (or dessert) cocktail. I think it functions well in both applications, as well as for a hot summer day. I have actually had this drink many times, but usually around the Christmas season, as the blend of dark spirits and nutmeg go well with the holiday atmosphere. The milk punch is refreshing, with the brandy providing a nice backbone, and the rum adding its flavors along the edge. I prefer using a super dark rum such as Cruzan Blackstrap or Goslings Black Seal for the extra molasses flavor, but any dark rum will do fine. One note on preparation: if you shake this drink, you will get a nice thick foamy layer on top. If that is not your preference, you may also stir the drink, just make sure it still gets mixed up well.

Milk Punch
1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Dark Rum
2 tsp Simple Syrup
2 dashes Vanilla Extract
4 oz Whole Milk

Leatherneck Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #24: The Leatherneck Cocktail

An odd variation on a sour, this cocktail combines a base spirit, orange liqueur, and citrus. It doesn’t really stand out, taste wise, but what it lacks in the flavor department, it makes up for with it’s looks.

Extra points to whoever can tell me where the name from the following cocktail originates. Also, sadly I am proved mistaken in my assumption that no real cocktails use blue curacao. I was wrong and will humbly reinstate my bottle back to the shelves of the liquor cabinet, rather than being buried in a box on the floor of my garage.

The Leatherneck Cocktail
2 oz Blended Whisky
3/4 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Vintage Cocktails #23: The Pink Lady

In Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, the following drink is presented as the Secret Cocktail. It is actually a Clover Club cocktail with the addition of a single ingredient. While the drink has with a lovely pink hue, it is actually a great drink and I think would be more popular if it wasn’t for the name.

The Pink Lady
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Applejack
Juice of half a Lemon (about 1 oz)
1 Egg White
2 dashes Pomegranate Grenadine

Would you walk into a bar and order a Pink Lady?

Crimean Cup

Vintage Cocktails #22: Crimean Cup A La Marmora

Found within the pages of Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide (1862) this drink is named after the sixth prime minister of the Kingdom of Italy, who was also a hero of the Crimean War. The original drink was meant as a punch for around 30 people, but here is presented as a drink for two. The Crimean Cup is reminiscent of a Mai Tai, with some extra sparkle and funk provided by champagne and maraschino liquer. I would recommend this in its original quantity for a summer gathering.

Crimean Cup A La Marmora
2 broad slices of Lemon Peel
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Jamaican Rum
2 oz Orgeat Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Soda Water
3 oz Champagne

French 75

Vintage Cocktails #21: The French 75

Created during WWI and named after the 75-millimeter M1897, a French field artillery weapon, the French 75 packs a wallop.  Some controversy surrounds this drink as some would contend that it should be made with cognac rather than gin, as cognac would have been more readily available in France at that time. However, true cocktail aficionados will hold to the drink being made with gin. I agree completely. The cognac version tastes ok, but pairing gin with lemon and champagne really brings the drink alive. Also, don’t be skimpy with the gin or lemon. It should be the base of the drink, not the icing on the top. This is a delicious summer afternoon or brunch cocktail, but beware, as a couple of these will smack you in the face like an artillery shell.

The French 75
2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon juice
1 tsp Simple Syrup
Champagne