OH Henry! Cocktail

Oh Henry! Cocktail

Oh Henry! Cocktail

1/3 Benedictine. (1 oz Benedictine)
1/3 Whisky. (3/4 oz Famous Grouse, 1/4 oz Jon Mark and Robbo Smokey Peaty One)
1/3 Ginger Ale. (1 oz Bundaberg Ginger Beer)

Stir well and serve.

This cocktail comes from Judge Jr.’s Prohibition era tome, “Here’s How.” In that book the recipe is given as: “1 jigger of Benedictine; 1 jigger of Scotch; 2 jiggers of ginger ale,” which seems a bit more sensible. Judge Jr. also notes this cocktail was, “Originated by Henry Oretel and believe us Henry knows his liquids!” I can dig up no information on Mr. Oretel.

While tasty, this is way too sweet for me. I think even with 2 parts ginger beer to 1 part Scotch and Benedictine. If I had to do it over, I would go with: 1/2 oz Benedictine, 1 1/2 oz Scotch. Build over ice and top up with Ginger Beer.

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.

4 thoughts on “OH Henry! Cocktail

  1. Proportions? Method?

    I do find Bundaberg a bit sweet for my taste. Wish Blenheim was available locally. Recently tried the Fentiman’s Ginger Beer. Pretty funky good. I believe Fever Tree is also launching a Ginger Beer soon.

  2. We fudge the ratios to 2:2:1 (halving the Benedictine). It’s also nice with an orange peel garnish, which adds a bitter element and cuts the sweet a little.

    We blogged it way back when:
    http://marriedwithdinner.com/2007/11/23/dotw-oh-henry/

    As well as its boozy sibling, the Monte Carlo:
    http://marriedwithdinner.com/2008/06/13/dotw-monte-carlo/

    BevMo stocks Blenheim, and a boatload of other regional ginger ales/beers. I like the Fever Tree ginger ale, but it’s too delicate for mixing; I hope their ginger beer is mightier. Fentiman’s, to me, is a little too weird for cocktails.

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