The Communist Cocktail
1 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
To me this was simply a good drink, not great. I enjoyed it to be sure, but it just did not wow me. I guess that’s ok, not every drink can be a love or a hate, there have to be some in the middle ground. The orange juice provides the backbone to this drink in my opinion. Perhaps if I had used fresh squeezed orange it might have been better, but nonetheless I tried. The gin plays a nice aromatic role in the beginnings of the drink followed up by the cherry heering on the finish. The lemon juice definitely keeps the drink in balance by tempering the sweet flavors of the orange and cherry heering.
The Blood and Sand is an interesting cocktail in that it uses Scotch. Scotch is notorious for not playing well with other liquids, and as such, not many drinks call for the use of Scotch. However, in Vintage Cocktails, Ted Haigh lists 4 of them, the Blood and Sand perhaps being the most well known.
Blood and Sand
1 oz Scotch
1 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
This drink is a great example of how you can take 4 things that seemingly have no connection, and turn them into something great. And while I liked the recipe as provided, my orange juice was a little weak on the flavor, and I would dial down the vermouth just a tad.
So the other day I go into the liquor store, grab 2 bottles and head straight for the checkout.
The cashier looks at me, looks at my items, looks at me again with a puzzled face and the conversation goes something like this:
“That’s an interesting combination you got there.”
“Why yes it is”
“What are you going to do with those?”
“Oh, I am going through a classic cocktail book and making all the drinks, and I needed these
“You’re not mixing those together are you?!”
“Umm, no, they’re for different drinks.”
“I see. Well, good luck?”
Apparently, not many people buy these said ingredients, and fewer of them still look like they need to have their ID checked. Oh well, such is my misunderstood life of soon to be cocktail knowledge and snobbery.