Gene Tunney Cocktail
1 Dash Orange Juice. (1 tsp. Blood Orange Juice)
1 Dash Lemon Juice. (1 tsp Lemon Juice)
1/3 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth)
2/3 Plymouth Gin. (1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin)
Shake (stir?) well and strain into cocktail glass.
Well, that is a bit odd…
Gene Tunney-bright, good-looking, and an acknowledged pillar of the 1920s’ “Golden Age of Sports”-was never as popular among boxing fans as the man he defeated to become heavyweight champion of the world. Tunney outfought Jack Dempsey in 1926, and he retained the title in the famous “long count” rematch a year later. Tunney’s relative intellectualism, reticence in public, and scientific boxing style distanced him from fight fans and the press. Despite this lack of contemporary acclaim, Tunney is remembered as a great fighter who lost only once in his career and was the first heavyweight champion to retire-and stay retired-as the titleholder.
After invoking Dempsey in the previous cocktail, it turns out Gene Tunney was the man who defeated him in 1926 to become the new heavy weight champion of the world.
Not sure what to say about the cocktail, in the presence of so many heavy weight boxing associations. It is certainly no “Dempsey Cocktail.” I’d almost go so far as to say it’s kind of a proto cosmo. I mean, it is very much a Martini with a touch of citrus juice. I did over pour a bit on the citrus. It should really have been just a half teaspoon or less of each of the juices.
Since Blood Oranges were in season, there was absolutely no way I could resist putting them in this cocktail.
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.