Alamagoozlum Cocktail

Vintage Cocktails #2: The Alamagoozlum

First appearing in The Gentleman’s Companion, or Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask (1939) by Charles Baker,  The Alamagoozlum Cocktail is the next exploration of the vintage spirits. Reportedly created by the one and only J.P. Morgan, this is an unusual drink in that it calls for an extraordinary amount of ingredients, as well as an unusually large dose of bitters.

This particular cocktail will probably be one that I will leave to the books and not partake of for a long time, if ever. While I am a fan of gin and rum together, as well as using egg whites in cocktails, The large amount of bitters, coupled with the chartreuse created a drink that for me was far too spicy and complex. Perhaps either dialing down the bitters, and/or reducing the Chartreuse may create a drink more to my liking, but as far as J.P.’s cocktail, this one is a bust for me.

The Alamagoozlum
1/2 Egg White
2 oz Genever Gin
2 oz water
1 1/2 oz Jamaican Rum
1 1/2 oz Chartreuse
1 1/2 oz gomme Syrup
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
1/2 oz Angostura Bitters
Shake long and hard in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into several chilled glasses.

A note on gomme syrup. Gomme syrup is purely simple syrup combined with gum arabic. The gum arabic was added to the simple syrup to add a smoother, silky feel to the cocktail. My feeling is that in this drink, the egg white adds plenty of texture, and plain old simple syrup will suffice.

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  1. “J. Pierpont Morgan, the first, joined The Union League Club in 1873 and served a term on the Executive Committee. He is remembered for his creation of a gigantic loan of gold to the Government in the crisis of 1895 – and for the mysterious “Morgan’s Mazoozulum Cocktail.” Only Morgan knew the whole secret of its concoction. The Union League Club bartender was permitted to mix the basic ingredients. Then he turned his back while the inventor applied the finishing touches “…those who have tasted this ambrosia compare its flavor to the first caress of a young love and its effect to the wallop of an Old Man Kangaroo,” says Will Irwin reverently. In later years Morgan gravitated more toward the Metropolitan Club but he remained a Union League member until his death in 1913. The secret of the Mazoozulum died with him.” – Balmer, Edwin. Highlights of History 1863-1963. New York: The Union League Club, 1963. (based largely on Irwin, Will and Earl Chapin May & Joseph Hotchkiss. The History of The Union League Club of New York. Dodd, Mead and Company, 1952.)

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