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Vintage Cocktails #38: Fred Collins Fizz

Appearing in the New Guide for the Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Butler, & Chef (Bacchus & Cordon Bleu, 1885), the following cocktail is what may be perceived as the precursor to the Lynchburg Lemonade. While the name doesn’t really tell you whether it is a collins or a fizz, (I would contend that it is possibly neither) it is a great drink either way.

The Fred Collins Fizz
2 oz Bourbon or Rye
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Orange Curacao
6 oz Lemonade

Vintage Cocktails #34: The Lion’s Tail

This last weekend I was able to attend the Art of the Cocktail in Victoria, BC. One of the sessions I attended was “The Oddballs” presented by Ted Haigh, aka Dr Cocktail. During his session, cocktails were created on the fly using rather unusual ingredients such as rootbeer schnapps, Jägermeister, and cider vinegar. During the session I realized that I hadn’t gone through Vintage Spirits in a while, so here we are with our next installment. I have chosen the next cocktail for it’s rather unusual ingredient as well.

The Lion’s Tail hails from the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book (1937), and includes an ingredient by the name of pimento dram. Now what on earth is pimento dram and why would anyone want to put it in any drink? Well, contrary to the visual pictures of those horrid stuffed green olives, pimento is actually a spice made of the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant, or as many know it today: Allspice. Although it is seen in many types of Caribbean and Middle Eastern cuisine, it is usually not thought of as a beverage ingredient. However, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove flavors of the allspice actually pair very well with many whiskeys and rums, and work well in many holiday themed beverages.

The Lions Tail
2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
3/4 oz Allspice Dram
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 tablespoon Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Derby Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #14: The Derby Cocktail

Before baseball, basketball, or football, there were 2 great sports in the United States.  One was boxing, a game of wit, skill and physical strength.  The other was the track.  The races were where the otherwise upstanding gentlemen would gamble away their hard earned (sometimes easily earned) cash, and celebrate amongst themselves with drinks and cigars.  And while the Mint Julep has become the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, there were other forgotten cocktails named after races and their winners.  The Derby cocktail was one of them.  Trader Vic in his Bartender’s Guide (1947) lists three variations of the Derby.  I will list all three for reference, but the first one is found in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.

The Derby
1 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
3/4 oz Lime Juice

I found the Derby to be an astounding cocktail. Well served before a meal as an apertif, the drink has a fruity sweet first sip which gives way to the bourbon and finishes with an astringently sour finish.

The Derby (#2)
1 1/2 oz Gin
2 dashes Peach Bitters
1 sprig Mint

The Derby (#3)
1 oz Brandy
2 dashes Curacao
2 dashes Pineapple syrup
1 dash Orange Bitters