There’s a first time for everything and on September 10, 1897 London taxi driver George Smith achieved the ignominious feat of the first drunk driving arrest after he plowed his cab into a shop on Bond Street. While we don’t recommend following in his tracks, we do recommend enjoying a Brandy Smash. #mixology #craftcocktails #cocktails #drinkstagram #cocktailoftheday #dontdrinkanddrive
Lesser known than the ever popular Corpse Reviver No 2, the Corpse Reviver No. 1 is a perfect fall/winter drink. Whether you use it as originally proscribed ("To be taken before 11am or whenever steam and energy as needed.") or as an after-dinner drink, its warming combination of Cognac and apple brandy is always tasty.
The recipe shown is the original version as first published in the 1895 work Modern American Cocktails. As such, it leans toward the sweet side of after dinner drinks. Some bars change the proportions a bit to cut the sweetness, reducing the Benedictine and Yellow Chartreuse relative to the apple brandy, most notably in the recipe published in The PDT Cocktail Book. That version uses two ounces of apple brandy and only 1/4 oz each of Benedictine and Yellow Chartreuse.
Despite the fact that the Missouri Mule is the official State Animal in Missouri, the drink is named after Harry S. Truman. The mule part, however, is only in name: the drink does not follow the usual mule concept of a sour (liquor, citrus, sweetener) topped with ginger beer. Nope, this one is direct, boozy and delicious.
A recipe like the BrandyFix, containing a base alcohol, citrus, another fruit juice and a sweetener was a popular style in the late 19th century that for reasons unknown largely went away for a while only to return recently. Some recipes call for Yellow Chartreuse, but we find that lacking, the small dose of Green Chartreuse adding the herbal element the drink needs.
The Jack Rose is really just a slightly fancy apple brandy sour and is quick and easy to assemble. While you can use any apple brandy, The Drunkard’s Almanac strongly recommends using Laird’s Apple Brandy – bottled in bond – meaning it's 100 proof. Considering it’s the only alcohol in the drink the additional proof improves the cocktail significantly.