Old Fashioned

Ah, the Old Fashioned. I'm so pleased that this came in as number three in my cocktail poll. This drink is much more my style than highballs. The Old Fashioned name came about in the 1880s, but comes from much earlier in the century. Originally in the early 1800s there was a newfangled drink called a "cocktail," which involved adding a little sweetener and some bitters to your shot of liquor. This was the extent of the original definition of a cocktail. Read more about Old Fashioned

Yale Cocktail

We've got gin and water, and some things to flavor that. Lommebogen goes big with lemon and orange juice, while the one from Café Royal and Savoy goes simple with some bitters. The Lommebogen one looks more appealing overall, but there isn't any sweetener in here to balance the citrus. That doesn't look so good at all, especially from the book that has been over-sweetening a fair number of drinks. The other recipe just looks like a poor man's gin and tonic. Read more about Yale Cocktail

Tom Collins

Lommebogen calls this a "cobbler," which it really isn't, but close enough. This is the classic summer drink, and it's perfect to have during a Copenhagen heat wave. Basically you have a gin lemonade, and it's lovely. There are all kinds of stories about how it got its name, and I'll let the Wall Street Journal provide some history for you. You can also find many variations on the Tom Collins, with other names that represent swapping out the main spirit, like John Collins is whiskey, and Juan Collins is tequila. Read more about Tom Collins

Third Rail Cocktail

This one is a whole bunch of liquor. Instead of just a shot of one spirit, it's simply a blend of 3 shots, with the absinthe added as an afterthought to make it a "cocktail." Lommebogen and Café Royal have the same recipe, but Savoy has two different recipes for this one. The one that matches the other two books is actually Savoy's #2 version. The Savoy #1 is quite a departure, and seem much more approachable. Another place to use a little crème de menthe. Read more about Third Rail Cocktail

Star Cocktail

Another interesting vermouth cocktail, with two very different recipes here. Aside from the different spirits used, the emphasis, or lack thereof, is pretty marked between the two. The combo of apple brandy and gin doesn't sound terribly appealing to me on paper, so I'm curious how that one will come out. The modern recipe uses apple brandy and vermouth, with some dashes of bitters and simple syrup, which sounds like a better combination than the gin. Read more about Star Cocktail

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is one of those classic drinks where the recipe ends up all over the place. There is a lot of murkiness around the original recipe, and the variants since then. I'll leave it to others, like David Wondrich, to walk through the history of it all. The main differences we have in our three books lie with the Savoy not using Benedictine, and the different proportions. Read more about Singapore Sling


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