Size Matters

After Dinner

1/2 Cherry Brandy (1 oz Massenez Creme de Griotte)
1/2 Prunelle Brandy (1 oz homemade plum liqueur)
4 dashes lemon juice

Shake well and strain into a sherry glass.

After Dinner (Special)

1/2 Apricot Brandy (1 oz Vedrenne Liqueur de Abricot)
1/2 Curacao (1 oz Gran Gala Orange liqueur)

Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

There are lots of these “After Dinner” type cocktails in the “Savoy Cocktail Book.”

Generally, I try not to make them too large, so I avoid going into diabetic shock.

They look like they should be too sweet; but, some are fairly nice. Most are not particularly sweeter than your average carbonated beverage or after dinner fortified wine.

Probably the thing to do would be to serve them with a nice stiff cup of coffee.

Of these two, the plain old “After Dinner” was more enjoyable, with at least a touch of lemon leavening the liqueurs.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

3 thoughts on “Size Matters

  1. What are your thoughts on Gran Gala? I love the aroma, but in cocktails the flavor never seems to assert itself enough to balance its heat. And yet I desperately want it to work somehow – it’s so much cheaper than Grand Marnier!

  2. jack cuneo… I actually just got a small bottle of Grand Marnier to do a comparison, so hopefully will be able to answer you more accurately soon!

    I got the Grand Gala on the advice of some friends and have since read mixed things about it.

    Many folks seem to think the character of the Brandy flavoring or Base of the Grand Gala is too different from Grand Marnier for it to be an exactly appropriate substitute.

    I’ve got another one called “Grand Torres” that is supposedly based on Spanish Brandy that I also want to compare with the other two.

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