Quaker’s Cocktail

Quaker's Cocktail

Quaker’s Cocktail

1/3 Brandy. (3/4 oz Osocalis Brandy)
1/3 Rum. (3/4 oz Barbancourt White Rum)
1/6 Lemon Juice. (1/2 of 3/4 oz Lemon Juice)
1/6 Raspberry Syrup. (1/2 of 3/4 oz Monin Rapberry syrup)

Shake (I stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass.

This was OK, but I kind of felt like I should enjoy The Quaker Cocktail more than I did.  Maybe with a more flavorful raspberry syrup, this would have more character?

When I think of Quakers, the first thing that always comes to mind is “Simple Gifts” quoted musically and so lyrically by Aaron Copeland in his score for “Appalachian Spring”.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come out right.

Well, that and Richard Nixon.

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.

11 thoughts on “Quaker’s Cocktail

  1. How is the Monin raspberry syrup? How does it compare with homemade (flavor-wise, since I believe the homemade needs be made fresh every 2 weeks or so?)? I wonder if raspberry preserves might be a good shelf-stable alternative?

    • Flavor-wise, homemade is tons better. But, like you say, needs to be made every couple weeks and the Monin lasts forever with no noticeable change in flavor (suspicious, eh?). I have seen some interesting old recipes that include fermenting the raspberries slightly then cooking the syrup to soft ball stage.

  2. “Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song. They had more dancing, but much less sex, than the Quakers, which is why the Society of Friends is still around, but not the Shakers.

    The recipe seems to have too much syrup relative to hard liquor, but perhaps that’s my personal, and let’s face it, pedantic, taste.

    • Oh damn it! I was afraid I would get Shakers and Quakers mixed up! Yet somehow I still managed to do it. Right. Simple Gifts and no sex=Shakers. Society of friends and sex=Quakers.

  3. This one tastes good & balanced to me with (not-“fresh” but not old) homemade Raspberry syrup (NYT recipe), and I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth (I could see cutting back on the syrup, but you’d also have to cut back on the lemon).

    And don’t forget, too, that Shakers=finely-crafted-furniture …

  4. Hey I am making this cocktail for our podcast’s drinking segment and I was wondering if we could use your photo if I give you credit and link to your article. This is a great project by the way. I am planning on making fresh raspberry syrup for ours so I will let you know how it turns out.

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