Choker Cocktail* (6 People)
4 Glasses Whisky (1 1/2 oz Binny’s Select Buffalo Trace Bourbon)
2 Glasses Absinthe (3/4 oz Lucid Absinthe)
1 Dash Absinthe Bitters (Angostura Bitters)
This Cocktail is to be very thoroughly shaken and no sweetening in any form should be added.
*Drink this and you can drink anything: new-laid eggs put into it immediately become hard-boiled.
With such a menacing quote, I think I would have trouble finding 6 people willing to share this one with me!
Never did resolve the “Absinthe Bitters” issue. No one I talked to was aware of any commercial bitters which might have been referred to as “Absinthe Bitters”. There have been a number of bitter wormwood based elixirs made through history. Purl(e), Malört, etc. It is possible that the recipe is meant to be made with those or possibly something like “Gin and Wormwood“. Would certainly get it closer to being a real “Choker” of a cocktail.
As in the Bunny Hug, I went with the Binny’s Select Buffalo Trace for this Cocktail, as it seems to have the Cojones to stand up to the Absinthe.
It’s not a cocktail I’ll be making again any time soon; but I think I did prefer the whiskey, bitters and absinthe of the Choker to the whiskey, gin, and absinthe of the Bunny Hug.
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.