Lommebogen

Brandy Cocktail

Next up in Lommebogen is the Brandy Cocktail. Try Googling that one. Yeah, you get all kind of brandy cocktails, but it's impossible to find hits for the Brandy Cocktail. So, this is just going from what is in the three books, without any modern research. I'm just not that patient or persistent, especially when all three books are pretty much in line, and it is a very fine cocktail as is from the 1930s. This is pretty much what it states—it's a brandy in cocktail form. Back in the day "cocktail" pretty much meant a shot of liquor with a little sweetener and some bitters.

Blackthorn Cocktail

The cocktail that comes first alphabetically in Lommebogen, and also matches my triple-book criteria, is the Blackthorn. This first one is a doozy. Let's start with the name. Axel has it written down as Blach Torn. Torn is thorn in Danish, and generally Danish isn't good with "th" in words. When I was looking at that one during the initial cross-referencing it took me a few minutes to realize that he was referring to the Blackthorn cocktail because I was just taking the name at face value.

Cocktail History

I seem to like starting new projects. Not that I actually complete them all (see: weekly photo plan). So, in that spirit, I've got a new project—this time in the cocktail realm. Last fall my friend Rie gave me a great cocktail gift in a small book called Lommebogen (link is in Danish). It is a photocopy of bartender Axel Sørensen's personal bar notes from the 1930s.

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