A good one for all of us gentlemen to have in our back pockets is from Ted Saucier’s “Bottom’s Up” (1951). I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy for strewn throughout the cocktail book are pictures of saucy and scantily clad ladies in some form of cocktail erotica. Remember Gents…1951! The cocktail below is prepared in the style of an Old Fashioned.
- 9 oz Whiskey Glass or Tumbler
- 2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon or similar Bourbon
- 1/2 oz Maraska Maraschino Liqueur
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
- Ice Rocks (the larger the better)
- An Orange
Start by building all the ingredients in the glass.
Place a big rock of ice in the glass, making sure one point of the rock touches the bottom and that the top of the rock doesn’t peek over the rim. If you can’t get a big rock, use four large ice cubes, at least an inch in size.
Using a yoked vegetable peeler (not a knife), shave off a long strip of orange peel. Squeeze the peel to spray the top of the drink with oil, and then garnish the drink with the peel as if it was a long feather.
* I always use Elijah Craig Bourbon in my bar, but if you can’t get hold of it any bourbon of choice that is in the 90 proof (45 per cent alcohol by volume) range can be used.
* Use Luxardo Maraschino liqueur if you prefer, but be careful because the Luxardo is pretty potent, floral stuff. I would use a short 1/2 oz pour of it.
Eric Alperin, co-owner, The Varnish bar