Posts Tagged ‘apricot brandy’

The Millionaire

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

This evening we note with interest the Millionaire Cocktail from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails. His is a modernized incarnation of The Savoy Cocktail Book‘s “Millionaire #1” and The How and When‘s “Millionaire #4.” It is deep ruby red, tart and pleasing… for better or worse, it’s amazing how the dark rum all but vanishes under cover of the other ingredients. (This Millionaire is unrelated to the previously documented “Millionaire #2.”)

1 1/2 oz. Myers’s Original Dark Rum
3/4 oz. sloe gin
3/4 oz. apricot brandy
Juice of 1 lime

Shaken and strained.

The “juice of 1 lime” business is a bit squishy. Haigh declares the ballpark to lie between 1 and 1 1/2 ounces, and while Ms. Thirsty found the full juice of one of our limes to be too tart, it was just right for me. The appropriate volume will need to be individually quantified.

Other issues, uniquely Oregonian, derive from a state-wide paucity of decent apricot brandies and sloe gins: I am reduced to using Mr. Boston products. The result is satisfactory enough that it deserves documentation, but Millionaires mixed in less restricted states will benefit from better ingredients. Mr. Boston’s artificially-flavored, caramel-colored apricot brandy is particularly foul, and should be avoided whenever possible.

Leaping Frog

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

1 jigger Hungarian Apricot Brandy.
Juice of ½ Lime.

Fill glass with Lump Ice.
Shake well and strain into Stem glass.

Delusion

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Use a large Mixing glass; fill with Shaved Ice.

½ Lime Juice.
⅔ white Creme de Menthe.
⅓ Apricot Brandy.

Shake well; strain into thin Stem glass and serve.

Claret Cup

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

(2-Gallon Mixture)

For mixing use a large Punch bowl or other suitable vessel of glass or porcelain lined.

6 Oranges, sliced.
3 Lemons, sliced.
2 Pineapples.
2 jiggers Abricontine.
4 jiggers Curacoa.
4 quarts Claret.
3 pints Apollinaris.

Mix well with a Ladle and set aside for three hours before using. Then strain info another bowl, and when ready to use add 3 pints of some sparkling Wine, preferably Champagne. Stir gently once or twice, and then put in a block of clear Ice and decorate the top of it tastily with Fruits and let several slices of Grape Fruit float around in the bowl. Serve in Champagne glasses.

Champagne Cup

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

(2-Gallon Mixture)

For mixing use a large Punch bowl or other suitable vessel of glass or porcelain lined.
4 Oranges, sliced.
4 Lemons, sliced.
½ Pineapple, sliced.
½ pint Chartreuse.
½ pint Abricontine.
1 pint Curacoa.
1 pint Cognac Brandy.
1 pint Tokay Wine.

Stir well and allow mixture to stand three hours. Strain into another bowl and add:
3 quarts Champagne.
3 pints Apollinaris Water.
1 large piece of Ice.

Stir well; decorate with Fruit; float slices of Grape Fruit on top and serve in Champagne glasses.