Modder River Cocktail
1/4 French Vermouth. (1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth)
1/4 Caperitif. (1/2 oz St. Raphael Gold)
1/2 Dry Gin. (1 oz North Shore Distiller’s No. 11)
(dash Angostura Orange Bitters)
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass. (Squeeze orange peel over glass and discard.)
An enjoyable, if a bit odd combination.
Still no real idea what sort of “Aperitif” Caperitif was, so continuing to experiment with various aperitif wines.
St. Raphael Gold is growing on me. It does really remind me of Sherry, so it is a good contrast here to the Dry Vermouth.
The Modder River is a river in South Africa that forms part of the border between the Northern Cape and the Free State provinces.
It was, apparently, also the site of one of the rather famous battles during the Boer war.
British tactics, little changed from the Crimea, used at Modder River, Magersfontein, Colenso and Spion Kop were incapable of winning battles against entrenched troops armed with modern magazine rifles. Every British commander made the same mistake; Buller; Methuen, Roberts and Kitchener. When General Kelly-Kenny attempted to winkle Cronje’s commandoes out of their riverside entrenchments at Paardeburg using his artillery, Kitchener intervened and insisted on a battle of infantry assaults; with the same disastrous consequences as Colenso, Modder River, Magersfontein and Spion Kop.
Not a great day for the British…
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.