At first glance, this looks like a mish-mash of whatever the hell you can manage to find on the backbar and in the fridge, but it actually works. The reason is that this is simply a citrus Negroni. The ratios are completely different, but the end result is quite balanced, tasty and elegant. In fact, you might consider this cocktail a gateway drug to the more intense flavors of the Negroni.
Here’s what creator Gary ‘gaz’ Regan recently told me about this libation: “It’s a typical regan drink since it’s just a riff on someone else’s well-thought-out cocktail! This drink is actually a rip-off of a drink called the Old Flame, created by Dale DeGroff. gaz regan played around with Dale’s formula a little, then named the drink in honor of Dale’s wife, Jill DeGroff, a graphic artist who executes fabulous caricatures of the world’s leading cocktailian bartenders.”
I like it and will gladly drink this if proffered to me. Cheers, gaz!
The Caricature Cocktail
0.75oz triple sec
0.5oz sweet vermouth
0.5oz grapefruit juice
Garnish: orange twist
Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add orange twist.
Note: Use 100% red grapefruit juice, not white. Very important.
So, where were we? Oh yeah. Brandy drinks.
The next one listed in the Mr. Boston index is the Brandied Port. or I guess you could call it the Ported Brandy, as the ratios are exactly the same. It’s a fairly simple drink, but absolutely spot on. I love the depth that the tawny port adds, plus the touch of maraschino liqueur sweetens it up while at the same time giving it a slightly nutty character. Lastly, the orange wheel serves a dual purpose. Visually, it brightens the drink to a summery warmth, while at the same time giving a dandy perfume of orangey goodness. I could drink a few of these no problem. Enjoy!
1oz tawny port
0.5oz lemon juice
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
Garnish: orange wheel
Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange.
Definitely an old school cocktail with a refined taste. I liked this well enough, but felt it would be better served up in a cocktail glass or snifter.
Stay tuned for yet more brandy drinks!
0.5oz dry vermouth
garnish: lemon twist
Stir with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Add lemon twist.
A classic created in 2004 by Jeffrey Morgenthaler from his days in Eugene, Oregon. He has this to say about it’s creation, “This one was named after a band that my business partner, Tony Figoli was in a long time ago. I thought the name was absolutely brilliant, so I decided to do up a drink to commemorate the band – and my favorite spirit at the time. I think the creme de cassis really works well with the sour component of this drink, and who can beat American whiskey on a warm spring evening?”
It is an interesting variation on a whiskey sour for sure.
1oz lemon juice
0.5oz creme de cassis
0.5oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters
Shake with ice. Strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass.
It seems as if this drink was originally created in 2006 by Simon Difford. However, it’s original name was the Elder Fashioned. Much classier, don’t you think?
It is a tasty drink, and one I was surprised by. The sweetness of the bourbon works well with the fruitiness of the elderflower. I would also recommend an orange twist as a garnish. The original recipe by Mr. Difford called for orange bitters, so you may also try that.
Bourbon & Elder
0.75oz elderflower liqueur
1 dash angostura bitters
garnish: lemon twist
Stir with ice and strain into chilled old-fashioned glass. Add lemon twist.
In spite of being rather heavy and almost syrupy; this has a really nice balance of flavors. I’d easily order one of these instead of cake or pie. To be honest, I didn’t have vanilla liqueur on hand, so I substituted a high quality vanilla vodka. I think it helped by cutting the sweetness a bit and lightening the overall mouthfeel slightly. The original recipe apparently called for a vanilla bean to be used as a flavoring garnish instead of the liqueur.
This seems like the kind of drink that would be brought out after a hearty old Kentucky home formal dinner, so I also took the liberty to serve it in a more genteel choice of glassware.
Bourbon à la Crème
2oz bourbon whiskey
1oz dark creme de cacao
0.5oz vanilla liqueur
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled old-fashioned glass.
Another cocktail named after Boston with no connection to the storied city as far as I can tell. One look at the ingredients and you can tell that this is probably from the 1960’s. Ok as far as balance, but certainly lacking in depth. Do yourself a favor and change out the vodka for a nicely aged rum, and you’ll have a far better cocktail.
0.5oz creme de banana
2oz orange juice
Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled highball glass.