Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cocktail Wednesdays: Chinese Cocktail

The Chinese Cocktail

This week's choice was the Chinese Cocktail, a drink actually goes back to the Savoy cocktail book, but in that recipe there is no lime. The recipe I used called for Mount Gay Rum, which we don't have, and we thought the AƱejo would be the closest thing on our shelf. Now, I'm seeing some recipes using dark rum, which would probably have allowed the rum a stronger presence.

The Chinese Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Rum
1/4 oz Orange Liqueur
1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Lime juice
3 ds Angostura bitters

Shake over ice and strain into cocktail glass.

The verdict: A pleasant drink, though not one that Scott would pick over his favorites with Maraschino. The Maraschino is in the forefront, taste wise, though there is less of it than some other drinks. Next came the lime, angustura and the sweetness and fruitiness of the grenadine. The rum had little presence for me. Despite this, I think the flavors are pretty balanced. It's a bit tangy, though I'm not really sure it has anything to do with a Chinese flavor. Then again, at the time of the Savoy Cocktail book, Chinese food was the subject of much stereotype and not much knowledge in the western world.

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