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!
Who doesn’t fancy a flip? The term ‘flip’ originated in 1695, when a blend of rum, beer and sugar was heated with a red-hot iron that caused the drink to froth or flip. It was used to describe a class of blended drinks.
Irish whiskey has a rich history, with its beginnings dating back to the 12th century. Around 1000 A.D., on return from their travels, monks brought back the art of distilling perfumes to Ireland and the Irish modified this technique to obtain a drinkable spirit. The whiskeys made during those times were not aged, but flavoured with aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme or anise.
Are you looking for a way to spice up your dull winter days? Or wanting to escape from the humdrum of life? A cup of Joe with a good old American twist is your saviour that is guaranteed to add a zest and vigour to your being.