December 3rd, 2007


MxMo: Repeal Day

An extra big icon for Repeal Day!

This month's Mixology Monday is hosted by Jeffery Morgenthaler and the theme is "Prohibition and Repeal Day".

My first instinct with this theme was to go for gin.  After all, gin was one of the popular liquors of Prohibition, and you would figure that on Repeal Day that it'd be one of the more common drinks as it would be possible for more people to have it.  On the other hand, as pointed out somewhere that I'm completely blanking on but I think it was in Straight Up or On the Rocks that people were simply sick of gin by that point.

Me, I"m on a big gin kick, but I'm weird, I guess.

Obviously if you're reading this you know the name of our blog.  The term "scoff law", according to Dr. Cocktail in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, was invented during Prohibition in 1924 as a way of describing people who, well, scoffed at the law.  He says that within 2 weeks there was a drink called the Scoff Law:

1 1/2 ounces rye
1 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce grenadine

(Recipe is approximate; I forgot my copy of the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails where I used the recipe from - and both CocktailDB and Drinkboy have different recipes, and different from what I used...)

Now, if you remember correctly, I've tried this cocktail before, using Robert "Drinkboy" Hess' recipe, and I complained that the whiskey taste was nearly non-existent.  Dr. Cocktail argues that the only reason why people suggested blended Canadian whiskey was due to the fact that it had "some" rye in it, but not even that much, and that using rye would make it better - and I agreed with him.

(Yep - same glass as the ones I gave tmfiii.  In all honesty, they were a rather good deal from KegWorks.)

I liked the drink - but wasn't a huge fan of it.  I'm not certain what I'd do differently.

After some Thai food (no, that doesn't fit the theme, but the ped pad gra prow from Pilin Thai is just so good...) I went for something different.  I decided to do a Jack Rose:
1 1/2 ounces applejack
1 ounce lime juice (the juice of 1/2 a lime; I don't know what was wrong with mine, but it didn't come anywhere near that...)
2 dashes grenadine

(Again, approximate until I can edit and correct.)

Now let's look at CocktailDB's recipe:
1 1/2 ounces applejack
1/2 ounce lemon or lime juice
1/2 ounce grenadine

Mine didn't come out nearly as red as I expected, perhaps thanks to the lack of grenadine (comparatively) - I put in 1/4 of an ounce, approximately.

It wasn't that bad, but really British, errr, limey.  (Just kidding!)  The lime was quite strong.  It didn't need that much, and needed more grenadine.

But the Jack Rose is another classic Prohibition cocktail using a classic American ingredient that is perhaps finally starting to get its due - applejack.  And the lime should prevent scurvy.  Not that it was a huge problem during Prohibition, I think.

Finally, I had to satiate my urge for gin.  Vodka didn't really take off until after repeal, but had it been available, this next drink, perhaps a bit modified depending on the availability of Lillet, would've been a good Prohibition drink.  You may have already guessed what I'm going towards by the ingredients:

The perhaps more famous now drink - the Vesper.  James Bond's original drink, in fact.
3 ounces gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet
garnish with a large swath of lemon peel (easier said than done for me)

I'd never had Lillet before, so before making the drink, I had a little taste of it.  YUMMY.  I really need to make a martini with it soon!  (And do that sacre blue martini that a friend suggested before I run out of blue cheese...)

This was a big drink.

It was good, but ... yeah.  Oof.

I think, like Bond, I'll save that for when I just want one pre-dinner drink.

And that's it for this month!  Hope you enjoyed!  We'll see y'all later!