1/2 jigger Dry Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat)
3 dash Benedictine (1 barspoon)
3 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
Last Wednesday, I was looking through George J. Kappeler's Modern American Drinks when I spotted the Ford Cocktail that seemed like it would make good use of the Ransom Old Tom Gin we bought just a short while ago. I was quite curious as to what Ford the drink was named after for the book was published in 1895, one year before Henry Ford completed his self-propelled Quadricycle. And of course, President Gerald Ford would not even have been born for almost two more decades. My searching uncovered that Ted Haigh had already confronted this issue. Ted surmised that the drink could have been named for Malcolm Webster Ford, the "famed champion athlete, journalist, and great-grandson of Noah Webster." The Ford family lived in New York and perhaps would have been gossip-worthy in the nearby Holland House where Kappeler tended bar.