Phoebe Snow Cocktail.
1 Dash Absinthe. (Verte de Fougerolles)
1/2 Brandy. (1 oz Osocalis Alambic Brandy)
1/2 Dubonnet. (1 oz Dubonnet Rouge)
Shake (I stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass. (Felt like it needed a Cherry.)
Nothing complicated here; but an enjoyable cocktail all the same.
Interestingly, like Aunt Jemina and Betty Crocker, Phoebe Snow was a fictional character created as a part of an advertising campaign.
“Phoebe Snow, the “maid in white” who promoted the smoke-free anthracite coal used on the Lackawanna Railroad, was the brainchild of one of advertising’s earliest creative geniuses, Earnest Elmo Calkins.”
So successful was the character that the Lackawanna Railroad named its first stream lined passenger train after her in 1949.
However, as with all things railroad, in later years mounting losses took their toll.
“Still, despite fine service and great views, as with the rest of the railroad industry, the Phoebe Snow could not stave off increasing losses as passengers took to their cars and the air for faster, more efficient means of travel. With the loss of the US Postal Service mail contracts in 1966 the Erie Lackawanna decided it was time to retire the Phoebe for good and she made her last run on November 28th of that year.”
Should you order this cocktail at the next Savoy Night at Alembic Bar, July 26th?
If you’re looking for an uncomplicated before dinner aperitif, I’d give it a, “why not?”
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.