Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: The Algonquin

The Algonquin

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I've allowed myself to get rather wrapped up in holiday events.

The week after we tried The Benchley, we decided we must try the drink it was based on, The Algonquin.  As with the Benchley, this drink was created to honor the Round Table group of creatives and intellectuals who met regularly at New York's Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s.

It seems a theme this winter, as the Algonquin Round Table was also featured on the historical food blog Lost Past Remembered, where the author posted an Algonquin specialty, Lobster Fra Diavolo.

The Algonquin

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
0.75 oz Dry Vermouth
0.75 oz Pineapple Juice

Shake over ice and strain. No garnish.

The verdict: Although this was a perfectly suitable drink, it seemed a disappointment after The Benchley. The Algonquin has fewer layers of flavor than the Benchley, and although the latter has less fruit juice, it is somehow more fruity and pineapple-y than the former.  On the whole a decent drink, and fairly dry for having fruit juice, but not as good as the Benchley.

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