Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: Saratoga Cocktail

Saratoga Cocktail

While I finished up making pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, our guest selected the Saratoga Cocktail, which is ironically similar to the previous week's cocktail.  This one was originally published in Jerry Thomas's Bar-Tender's Guide, 1887, and was named for Saratoga Springs, a resort of the time in northern New York, with gambling, horse racing, cocktails and cigars.

Saratoga Cocktail

1 oz Brandy
1 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 ds Angostura Bitters
Lemon wedge to garnish

Stir over ice, strain into a claret glass, and serve with 1/4 slice of lemon.

The verdict: This one is a twist on the Manhattan, substituting cognac in for some of the whiskey.  I liked it, as did our guest, but Scott felt that the flavor of the vermouth was too strong.

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