Manyann Cocktail

Manyann Cocktail

Manyann Cocktail

The Juice of 1 Lemon.
2 Dashes Curacao. (generous 1 tsp. Bols Dry Orange Curacao)
1/2 Gin. (1 oz Boodles Gin)
1/2 Caperitif. (1 oz St. Raphael Aperitif Gold)

Shake well and strain into port wine glass.

In the interest of my own edification, and in the absence of Caperitif, I picked up a bottle of St. Raphael Gold, having read it was some sort of Quinquina.

Uh, hmmm….

Well, the St. Raphael Gold is interesting.

To me it tastes more like a moderately sweet, pale sherry than a Quinquina. Odd, I’ve never before tried an Aperitif Wine that reminded me this much of a Sherry.

I’m also not sure what to make of the recipe. It’s about the only one in the Savoy that combines lemon with Caperitif, so it makes me suspect that it isn’t the Caperitif providing sweetness. That it was at least a somewhat dry aperitif.

To be honest, the Manyann might be pretty refreshing with a bit more curacao, ice, and some seltzer.

As written above, I can’t say I found it rated much more than a “drinkable”.

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.

5 thoughts on “Manyann Cocktail

  1. wouldn’t the caperatif have to be sweet if there is that much lemon juice in the drink? else what would bring sweetness to counter that much acidity?

  2. My point with the comment, which I realize might have been a bit obscure:

    In no other Savoy Cocktail Book cocktail is Caperitif used as a foil to tart citrus. In almost every other case it is used, more or less, as French Vermouth would be.

    So, my assumption is that it is not being used as a sweetener here either, and that the Manyann should be, on balance, a quite tart cocktail.

  3. to me its pretty ambiguous but drinks like the jabberwok and spion kop make it seem lillet style sweet, following the standard rules of orange flavored stuff. south africa is famous for sherry so it may have had an oxidized wine base. the rickey recipe is really cryptic and its funny language doesn’t do much explain things.

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