The Dodge Special Cocktail
1/2 Gin. (generous 1 oz Beefeaters)
1/2 Cointreau or Mint. (Generous 1 oz Cointreau)
1 Dash Grape Juice. (Dash Twin Hill Ranch Grape Juice)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
This is another prohibition era libation from Judge Jr.’s “Here’s How”.
With Cointreau and the proportions above, this is so awful as to be puzzling. I would describe the flavor as, “orangey and slightly grapey aftershave”. The harshness of the Cointreau really stands out. I don’t know that mint would be much of an improvement. Maybe. Well, the cocktail is an attractive color.
Grape and orange isn’t a bad combo, though, so I poured the above down the sink and tried again. 3/4 oz Gin; 3/4 oz Cointreau; 3/4 oz Grape Juice; shake & strain. With a complex and slightly tannic grape juice, like the Twin Hill, this isn’t bad at all.
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.