Quelle Vie Cocktail
1/3 Kummel. (3/4 oz Kaiser Kummel)
2/3 Brandy. (1 1/2 oz Osocalis Brandy)
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass.
Brandy gives you courage and Kummel makes you cautious, thus giving you a perfect mixture of bravery and caution, with the bravery predominating.
Well, that really is a good quote. As Kummel is often considered a Russian liqueur and Brandy could represent France, the only thing I can think is that it might be a reference to France’s alliance with Russia before the First World War. However, sadly, a drink that doesn’t really live up to the promise of that quote. Interestingly modern, I suppose, being just booze and liqueur.
In any case, some Vermouth would go a long way towards making this a much more palatable drink. Some bitters wouldn’t hurt either.
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.