Ramon Newton Cocktail.
1/4 Hercules. (1/2 oz “Hercules No. 4*”)
1/4 French Vermouth. (1/2 oz Noilly Prat Original Dry)
1/2 Dry Gin. (1 oz Plymouth Gin)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Squeeze orange peel on top.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with this cocktail. A sort of Bitter Spicy Martini. Still, it’s not going to surpass the Personality A La Roy as my favorite Hercules Test Cocktail.
Doubling the Gentian in Hercules No. 4 was probably a mistake. I kind of like it. But I am a bitter, bitter man. Most likely others will prefer Hercules No. 3.
1 Stick Cassia Cinnamon, crushed
2 tsp. Coriander Seed, crushed
8 Whole Cloves, crushed
1 tsp. Quinine Powder
2 tsp Gentian Root
1/4 Cup Yerba Mate
Rind 1 Valencia Orange
1 bag peppermint tea
1/2 cup Raw Sugar
750ml Quady Elektra Orange Muscat
1/4 cup Osocalis Brandy
METHOD: Combine spices, peel, yerba mate and wine. Heat to 140 degrees. Add mint and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Filter through chinois and add Brandy. Let stand for at least a day. Pour liquid off of sediment and through a coffee filter and bottle.
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.