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Vintage Cocktails #62: Soyer au Champagne

This next cocktail wins the award for most random combination of ingredients. It is billed as a dessert drink and it fits the bill perfectly. Sweet and creamy, this drink is masterfully blended to create a complex, flavorful cocktail that really hits the spot. Try it, and I think you’ll agree. Cheers!

Soyer au Champagne
2 dashes Maraschino
2 dashes Brandy
2 dashes Grand Marnier
2 dashes Pineapple Juice
1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
Champagne

Vintage Cocktails #55: The Vieux Carré

This last Monday, at Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver, I attended several sessions, one of which was: Famous New Orleans Cocktails. Our next cocktail is one of these classic New Orleans treasures. Originally the signature drink of the Hotel Monteleone, this is yet another drink that for some reason or another faded off the map. There is reason to celebrate however, as it is once again being served at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone.

The Vieux Carré
1 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 tsp Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychauds Bitters

Vintage Cocktails #54: The Soother

In 1935, A.S. Crockett, historian of the Waldorf-Astoria, put to paper The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. This book provided the recipes for over five hundred cocktails served prior to prohibition at the world’s most famous bar, as well as over a hundred recipes for drinks originating during, or slightly after prohibition. Presumably Crockett’s goal was to provide direction for the lost art of tending the rail, however, his book is a little challenging in that a large portion is essentially variations of the classic martini. Alternating ratios of vermouth, both sweet and dry, as well as different brands of gin and bitters, make finding a great cocktail in this book somewhat difficult. However, Ted Haigh has done the hard work for us, and unearthed a true gem.

The Soother
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Jamaican Rum
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 tsp Apple Juice
1/2 tsp Simple Syrup (or Agave Nectar)

Vintage Cocktails #51: The Chatham Hotel Special

Our next cocktail is the Chatham Hotel Special. One of the signature cocktails of this former hotel, this is a great after dinner/dessert drink. The brandy and port play together nicely, and the cream and hint of chocolate provided by the creme de cacao give this drink just a hint of sweetness. It’s not cloying at all, and is altogether an excellent cocktail. Cheers!

Chatham Hotel Special
1 1/2 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Ruby Port
1/2 oz Cream
1 dash Dark Creme de Cacao

Vintage Cocktails #49: The Coffee Cocktail

This is quite possibly the most confusing cocktail I have come across to date.
In his 1887 book, Jerry Thomas offers this description of this beverage:

“The name of this drink is a misnomer, as coffee and bitters are not to be found among its ingredients, but it looks like coffee when it has been properly concocted.”

I’m not really sure what kind of port Jerry was using, but this drink looks nothing like coffee when it is made. You could maybe pass it off as a raspberry latte, but even that is pushing it a little. However, appearance aside, this really is a great cocktail. The brandy comes through in the initial taste, followed by the sweetness of the port wine. I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely be having this one again. Cheers!

Coffee Cocktail
1 oz Brandy
1 egg
3 oz Ruby Port
1 tsp Sugar