Friday, February 6, 2009

none but the brave

1 1/2 oz Hine Cognac
1/2 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Goslings Dark Rum
1/4 tsp Sugar

Shake with ice and pour ice and all into a rocks glass. Garnish with a long orange twist. The proportions were taken from the CocktailDB recipe with modifications made in terms of liquor brand, glass, and garnish type. Also, the database recommends straining the ice out.

For my nightcap at Highland Kitchen last night, I chose the None but the Brave for two reasons. The first was that I was in the mood for some tasty dram-goodness after tinkering with a new bitters recipe that includes allspice berries. And the second was that I have been wanting to try this drink ever since Lauren Clark wrote about it in DrinkBoston last May (in the same article is a mention of a drink I served at my International Migratory Bird Day party). Lauren surmised that the drink could be named after a 1965 Frank Sinatra movie or a John Dryden poem with the line, "None but the brave deserves the fair". The drink itself did not disappoint. The richness of the brandy and rum was pleasantly tempered by the citrus notes of the lemon juice. The allspice flavors were rather evident in the swallow and served to dry out the drink.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Dryden has a better claim than Sinatra for the drink name; the first (and as far as I know, only) print appearance of this drink was in 1941, in Crosby Gaige's Cocktail Guide and Lady's Home Companion.