The ingredients in a Harvard cocktail are reminiscent of a Manhattan. Indeed, they are almost identical, with a couple of variations for distinction. A Harvard doesn’t have the trademark maraschino cherry garnish of a Manhattan. Rather, a thin twist of lemon peel is perched on its rim. Although the Harvard generally uses brandy or cognac instead of the traditional whiskey, feel free to use bourbon if you don’t have either of these.
First concocted in 1895, its droll title evokes a scene of a typical weekend in college— girls and boys letting their hair down and making merry with music, tango, and plenty of cocktails to go around.
Sweet yet sharp and tangy, the Harvard makes for a perfect aperitif before dinner. The following recipe takes about five minutes to mix up, and serves one.
Mix your own Harvard cocktail…
Pour 45ml of either brandy, cognac or bourbon, 30ml sweet red Italian vermouth, one and a half teaspoons lemon juice, and a couple drops of Angostura bitters into a mixing glass filled halfway through with ice. You may choose to add a teaspoon of grenadine too. Stir briskly until nicely chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with 30ml seltzer or fizzy water (but only if you haven’t used grenadine). Garnish with a twist of lemon peel, and serve.
Interesting, isn’t it—a cocktail that is named after a legendary detective fiction writer?
Let’s admit it, we all love punches. Whether on a hot summer’s day, or at a grand Christmas dinner, a punch is irreplaceable. But, how many of us know that the punch dates back to the 17th century? British sailors would often pour themselves a drink of rum, lemon and spices to satiate their thirst. Later, different variations of the same concoction became synonymous with celebrations.
Did you know that popularity of whisky among the French has overtaken the cognac? The French love to try out the new and having whisky has become très chic! The Parisian love of fine spirits extends beyond their wonderful wines. Evident from current trends, this budding French affair is here to stay.