Thursday, March 17, 2011
Cocktail Wednesdays: Colony Cocktail
This week, we picked the Colony Cocktail from ProhibitionRepeal.com's list of popular Prohibition-era cocktails. It is named after The Colony in New York, which was apparently a favorite place for the Vanderbilts and Windsors to dine.
Shake well with cracked ice:
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
2 tsp maraschino
Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
This one looks considerably more girly than the last one, and it contains more juice. A friend joined us tonight, and she was a bit more interested by something containing juice, though there isn't much in this cocktail, really.
The verdict: I can just discern the grapefruit and barely the cherry, but they marry well with the gin, so you can't define the line between them, and they enhance that "gin flavor". I can see why this would have been popular during Prohibition, because if one only had access to lower quality gin, this would have enhanced the flavor.
It's funny, but ever since we started this, we have been drinking more classic cocktails when we would normally have had something else. At a bar and restaurant last week, Scott and I had an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, respectively. Just last night, Scott served up gin and tonics. Funny, huh?
Now, I don't want anyone thinking we're huge boozers. This is just one drink an evening, though tonight we did mix a second since I didn't get any photos the first time. Scott's not working tomorrow, though. He worked about seventy hours last week, so we think he's perfectly justified in taking our anniversary off tomorrow.