Personality a La Roy Cocktail
1 Dash Angostura Bitters.
1/4 Hercules. (1/2 oz Underhill Hercules version 3)
1/4 Applejack or Calvados. (1/2 oz Calvados Groult Reserve)
1/2 Dry Gin. (1 oz North Shore Distiller’s No. 6)
Shake (I stirred) well as strain into cocktail glass.
Actually gotten pretty good response both to Underhill Hercules Version 3 and to this cocktail made with it. Not sure where to go from here. Expand the spice component? I think I could slightly enhance the bitter elements as long as I continue to skip Wormwood.
The name is a bit odd, but I have no idea who Roy might have been and what about his personality might have attracted the name of this cocktail?
Perhaps South African poet Roy Campbell? The time is about right for whatever fame he might have generated for himself in South Africa and England.
Here’s an amusing section from his wikipedia entry, circa 1930 or so:
“…moving in literary circles, he was initially on friendly terms with the Bloomsbury Group but then became very hostile to them; he declared that they were sexually promiscuous, snobbish, and anti-Christian. His wife’s lesbian affair with Vita Sackville-West, the lover of Virginia Woolf, was a contributing cause to his changed attitude.”
Oh Vita, with her long legs, wolfhounds, and gardens. Who could resist?
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.