Chinese Cocktail

Chinese Cocktail

Chinese Cocktail

1 Dash Angostura Bitters
3 Dashes Maraschino (1/2 bar spoon Luxardo Maraschino)
3 Dashes Curacao (1/2 bar spoon Senior Curacao of Curacao)
1/3 Grenadine (1, well 3/4, oz Home Made Grenadine)
2/3 Jamaica Rum (2 oz Appleton Estate V/X Rum)

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

No idea why this is called the “Chinese Cocktail”. From the ingredients, it seems like the recipe must be old. Say, pre-1900. I know there was a “Japanese” cocktail in one of the versions of Jerry Thomas’ cocktail book.

The flavors combination is actually very good; but, the cocktail is rather too sweet, even with home made grenadine. I think changing it to 3/4 rum, 1/4 grenadine, and being a bit more generous with the bitters, would be closer to my taste.

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.