Windy Corner Cocktail

Windy Corner Cocktail
1 Glass Blackberry Brandy.
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. A little nutmeg on top.

Yeah, that doesn’t make any sense to me either. Cold Blackberry Liqueur with a grating of Nutmeg?

That’s not even at the level of the only marginally tolerable Poop Deck Cocktail.

Shall we re-envision the Windy Corner slightly?

Breezy Corner Cocktail

1 oz Leopold Brothers Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur
1 oz Osocalis Brandy
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Grate on a dusting of nutmeg.

Still, no, no thank you.

Without the Poop Deck’s port to leaven the weight of the Blackberry Brandy, this is pretty undrinkable, even mixed 50-50 with booze.

If this sort of thing is interesting, just go with Dick Bradsell’s Bramble and save yourself the pain.

From Paul Clarke’s column over on Serious Eats:

Bramble Cocktail

* 1 1/2 ounces gin (Plymouth recommended)
* 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
* 1/2 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, mixed until sugar dissolves)
* 3/4 ounce creme de mure (blackberry liqueur)

Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in an old-fashioned glass and stir to mix. Fill with crushed ice and briefly stir. Gently pour liqueur atop ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon.

You’ll thank me (and Paul) later.

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.

Russell House Cocktail

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Russell House Cocktail.
2 Dashes Orange Bitters. (Angostura Orange Bitters)
2 Dashes Syrup. (1/2 bar spoon Rich Simple Syrup)
3 Dashes Blackberry Brandy. (1 bar spoon Leopold Bros. Mountain Blackberry Liqueur)
1 glass Canadian Club Whisky. (2 oz Wiser’s Very Old)
Shake (I stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass.

About a million years ago, someone told me that they thought Wiser’s Very Old was a pretty good substitution for pre-prohibition or prohibition era Canadian Whiskey.

Well, I don’t know, not having tasted vintage Canadian Whiskey, but this is a pretty unappealing cocktail and Wiser’s Very Old is a not very appealing Whiskey. And for gosh sakes, it’s just a Whiskey cocktail with a dash of Raspberry Liqueur! Like the Palmer Cocktail before it, this has no business being as bad as it is.

A bunch of people gave me a hard time about using 40 Creek Barrel Select and the Alberta Springs Whiskies, but boy, I just don’t know. Those two are just about the only Canadian Whiskies I’ve tried and can even remotely enjoy on their own or in cocktails.

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.

Poop Deck Cocktail

Poop Deck Cocktail

Poop Deck Cocktail.
1/2 Blackberry Brandy. (1 oz Leopold Brothers Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur)
1/4 Port Wine. (1/2 oz Ficklin Port)
1/4 Brandy. (1/2 oz Osocalis Brandy)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. (uh, oops, build in crushed ice, stir, top up with a splash of soda. Squeeze Lemon Peel over glass.)

One of the fun things about Savoy Cocktail Book night at Alembic is that some of the Savoy Cocktails are actually on the “Classics” section of Alembic’s regular menu.

The Poop Deck is one that they describe in the following way, “It’s hard to resist a cocktail with a nautical theme (or scatalogical reference for that matter). This classic cocktail blends Cognac, Port Wine, and Blackberry Brandy, making for smooth sailing on stormy seas. Overindulgence, however, could send a wave up over your stern.”

To me the “up” version of the Poop Deck is a tad rich for my taste, so I decided to give it the old Bradsell Bramble treatment, building it over crushed ice.  Worked quite well, I must say!

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.