Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cocktail Wednesdays: Saratoga Cocktail

Saratoga Cocktail

(Sorry for the slightly blurry photo. I thought I had gotten a good one before
i drank it. Oh, well.)

Tonight, after last week's discussion about why I wasn't worried that we tried the Sidecar using brandy that wasn't a cognac, Scott came home with a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP. Of course, that meant that we needed to try a drink tonight containing cognac.

I had been looking at some other cocktails, and I found a really interesting site, 12 Bottle Bar, which basically is about the idea of having a set of basics which you can combine with mixers to create a plethora of cocktails. The fist cocktail I came across there with a significant portion of cognac was the Saratoga Cocktail, so we went with that.

1 oz cognac
1 oz rye
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass
Stir with ice and strain into a coupe of small wine glass
Garnish with a half lemon wheel.

Check out the 12 Bottle Bar entry about this drink for a super interesting story about it's origins, ties to gambling and gangs in late 1800's New York. That makes it a perfectly appropriate steampunk drink.

The verdict: It's very similar to a Manhattan. Basically, you switch out half the whiskey for cognac and drop the cherry for lemon. My taste isn't really refined enough yet to say more about the differences without tasting them along side each other.

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