Royal Smile Cocktail


Royal Smile Cocktail.
The Juice of 1/4 Lemon. (1/2 oz Lemon Juice)
1/4 Grenadine. (1/2 oz Homeade Grenadine)
1/2 Applejack or Calvados. (1 oz Calvados Groult Reserve)
1/4 Dry Gin. (1/2 oz Krogstad Aquavit*)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Oh my goodness, how did that Aquavit get into this cocktail?


Thinking about Calvados, flavors, and cocktails, the anise-caraway medley of the Krogstad Aquavit lept to mind. And after making it with Aquavit, I didn’t even bother making it again with Gin. I think Gin just functions as filler in this cocktail, anyway, stretching the more expensive Calvados with neutral flavors.

Aquavit, however, combines very nicely with the vegetal aspects of the Calvados, and the Krogstad, with its strong Anise adds even more to the drink than a traditional aquavit would.

I really liked my variation on the Royal Smile. Give it a try and let me know if I’m crazy.

*The Krogstad Aquavit used in this cocktail was sent to me as a promotional gift by House Spirits, its producer.

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.

Boothby’s Ten Commandments: IV. Avoid conversations of a religious or political nature.


As I mentioned before, Anchor Distilling recently reprinted the 1891 edition of “Cocktail Boothby’s American Bar-Tender“.

As someone who is somewhat involved in the bartender trade, I always enjoy going through old books and reading the advice that appears. Usually, I am amazed at how little has changed. How valid pieces of advice contained in a book from 1891 can be 118 years later.

So I thought I would go through Boothby’s “Ten Commandments” for bartenders one by one and see which ones still make sense for the 21st Century.


IV. Avoid conversations of a religious or political nature.

OK, Bars aren’t Libraries and a lively bar is much much more fun than a quiet, sober one.

However, as people who have been drinking are seldom more sensible or measured than when they are sober, it is a pretty good idea to avoid conversations whose subjects have resulted in pogroms, massacres, and genocides. I mean, even if you know the person in front of you is on the same page, you never know about the person to the right or to the left.

Customers can get up to enough mischief on their own, without you stirring the pot.

But when folks are shooting each other over dog sniffs, what is a safe topic?

Even apparently safe conversational gambits like Vodka slagging and the comparative merits of various Absinthes can get some people in a lather, cough, especially if they have a vested interest in same.

I mean, that I’m aware of, most brand reps or shills don’t seem to be carrying handguns, but I do sometimes wonder how that Australian Eucalyptus liqueur got on the back bar.  “Yo, Bruce, you Bloody Seppo, I better see this in your bar or you’ll be nothing but a smudge on my roo bar!”

Best to be on the safe side.