The Juice of 1/4 Orange. (About a half an ounce of Fresh Squeezed)
1/4 French Vermouth. (1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth)
1/4 Italian Vermouth. (1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth)
1/2 Plymouth gin. (1 oz Plymouth Gin)
2 Dashes Maraschino. (2/3 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino)
Shake (I stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass.
Another Bronx-ish cocktail and another Brunch possibility. Nicely refreshing with the touch of exoticism from the Maraschino. Nothing fantastic, but enjoyable.
I would guess the name of the cocktail refers to someone’s name. Painter John Frederick Peto, perhaps?
The subject matter of Peto’s paintings consisted of the most ordinary of things: pistols, horseshoes, bits of paper, keys, books, and the like. He frequently painted old time “letter racks,” which were a kind of board that used ribbons tacked into a square that held notes, letters, pencils, and photographs.
Hard to say if he enjoyed the odd drink.
We’ve also got railway and harbor developer Sir Samuel Morton Peto, an acquaintance of Charles Dickens.
Peto is also another name for the fish more commonly called “Wahoo“.
a large, swift mackerel, Acanthocybium solanderi, widespread in warm seas, of a steel blue to greenish blue above and silver below, often leaping from the water and occasionally schooling in great numbers: valued as a food and game fish.
Take your pick.
Should you order the Peto cocktail at the next Savoy Night at Alembic Bar, July 26th?
I would give this a, “Maybe.” It is refreshing and interesting. You could definitely do a lot worse.
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.