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

2 thoughts on “Vintage Cocktails #24: The Leatherneck Cocktail”

  1. You can save yourself the purchase by adding a drop or two of food coloring to normal curacao (which has been recommended in a number of old cocktail books for things like the Blue Bird or other).

    What is surprising to me is not that blue curacao exists, but how many colors of curacao used to exist and have been discontinued (including green, yellow, and red). I have only spotted clear, orange, blue, and brown.

    1. I’ll have to remember that if I ever run out of the bottle I do have, which is not likely :) May have to try it for red curacao. I think I recall seeing a recipe that used it a couple of days ago.

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