Imbibing Mr. Boston: Champs-Élysées Cocktail

Another beauty from Harry Craddock.  Found in the pages of the Savoy Cocktail Book, this looks to be a third cousin to the Sidecar cocktail. But, this is not for the faint of heart.  A seriously boozy tipple, the small serving size of this is well-chosen.  If you double the recipe you’re asking for trouble.

It’s possible I suppose that Mr. Craddock created this in tribute to the other famous bartending Harry of the day, Harry MacElhone who was head bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. But, in all likelihood it is probably named for the fact that the two main ingredients hail from France.  In any case, this is a tasty little number that will certainly bring to mind the silver age of cocktails.

1oz brandy
0.5oz yellow Chartreuse
0.5oz lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Artillery Cocktail

IMG_0797The Artillery in its original incarnation was closer to a Martinez than anything.  The classic mix of English Dry gin and sweet Vermouth is a flavor combination that you’ll never forget once you try it.  The original Artillery at least dates back to the 1920’s, since an early appearance is in the seminal “Savoy Cocktail Book”.  This revamped version cuts back on the sweet vermouth even further.  That being said, this is a small drink, perfect for an aperitif.

1.5oz gin
1.5 tsp. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitter

Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.