Morning Glory Cocktail

Repeal Bitters

One of the really spiffy things about writing this pesky Savoy topic is that occasionally people you’ve met send you really cool stuff.

The other day I got an email from Stephan Berg, one of the proprietors of The Bitter Truth asking for my address. Having met him at Tales of the cocktail, he didn’t seem particularly menacing. So I figured it would be safe to send him my contact info.

Repeal Bitters Back Label

The Bitter Truth Guys, Alexander Hauke and Stephan Berg, had recently released a Celery Seed Bitters and a reproduction of Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters. I suppose I had an idle hope that they might send me some of those.

Instead they sent a brand new product, which they have created to honor the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition.

The Repeal Day bitters are quite complex. The initial flavors and scents are clove which give way to a front of mouth bitter flavor. Secondary flavors which come forward after that initial bitter burst are similar to root beer. I don’t get much, if any citrus. Instead other flavors similar to culinary herbs and more bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

If you should desire to purchase these bitters, you can either mail order them from The Bitter Truth in Germany or I’ve heard a rumor that a certain cocktail book publisher may soon be distributing them in the US.

Morning Glory Cocktail

Morning Glory Cocktail

3 Dashes Gomme Syrup. (1 tsp. rich simple syrup)
2 Dashes Curacao. (2/3 tsp. Bols Dry Orange Curacao)
2 Dashes Bitters. (2 dashes Bitter Truth Repeal Bitters)
1 Dash Absinthe. (1 dash North Shore Sirene Absinthe)
1 Liqueur Glass Brandy. (1 1/2 oz Lustau Reserve Brandy)
1 Liqueur Glass Whisky. (1 1/2 oz Anchor 2006 Hotaling’s Whiskey)
1 Piece Lemon Peel, twisted to express the oil.
Two Small Pieces of Ice.

Stir thoroughly and remove the ice. Fill the glass with seltzer water or plain soda, and stir with a teaspoon having a little sugar in it.

Well if you’ve got old-school bitters, handily, here’s an old school drink.

As we have seen, much of the Cocktail’s development was intimately connected to the search for a better hangover cure…When confronted by the “Cold grey light of dawn”, the toper recognized it as “the great necessity of the age” the he should at once take some sort of “anti-fogmatic”…”eye-opener”…”bracer”…”corpse reviver” or “morning glory”.

Quoting here from David Wondrich’s introduction to the Morning Glory Cocktail in his book, “Imbibe!

According to Wondrich, the Morning Glory Cocktail first appears in print in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’ Book and is pretty much verbatim as above.

The “remove the ice idea” is a bit silly. Perhaps sensible when ice was at more of a premium than it is today. I recommend, as does Mr. Wondrich, that you simply follow a procedure similar to a Sazerac. Chill a medium size serving glass with ice and water. Stir your cocktail in ice in a mixing glass or tin. Dump the ice from the chilled serving glass. Strain your cocktail into the chilled glass. Top up with soda.

While I was getting all old-school, I figured I might as well use Anchor Distilling’s Hotaling’s Whiskey in this cocktail. Seemed like it would combine well with brandy.

And indeed. Uh, wow. After a couple sips, it felt like my scalp was floating a few feet above the top of my head.

No idea what might happen, if you follow Mr. Wondrich’s other piece of advice and listen to that, “anarchic little voice in your head that suggests substituting champagne for the selzer.”

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.