At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.
It’s not too hard to prepare one of these time-tested classics within the comfort of your home. And if you wish to go with a cocktail that requires a bit more than mixing the ingredients together and pouring in a chilled glass, then Sea Captain’s Special is an exciting bet.
As noble as a sea captain, this classic cocktail recipe stays far away from the gaudiness of added thrills, frills and paper umbrellas. However, it definitely packs a punch with an upper deck of champagne which quickly imbues the high proof rye into your veins. As an added bonus, a dash of absinthe follows to soothe your stomach!
So how do you mix your very own Sea Captain’s Special?
For that you’ll need…
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ½ ounces Straight Rye Whiskey
Then you’ll have to…
In a rocks glass, blend 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and ½ tsp sugar. Now, add a splash of club soda and slowly stir the concoction to ensure that the bitters and sugar grains are properly blended. Then add a large ice cube and slowly infuse rye whiskey into the blend. Finally, deck it up with champagne and 2 dashes of absinthe. Saude!
Satan's Circus comes to us from the NoMad Hotel Bar which is located in the 'Tenderloin' neighborhood of New York. In the 19th century, this area was popularly called 'Satan's Circus' due to the concentration of saloons, bars, brothels, and the two cornerstones of the city's fine dining and craft cocktail culture: the great Delmonico's and Jerry Thomas' New York Bar.
Scouring for additions to your menu of novel cocktails this new year? Those that demonstrate your exemplary skills of being a cocktail maven, and will surely impress your guests? How about Scotch with beetroot juice?