Friday, April 19, 2013


2/3 Scotch (1 1/2 oz Pig's Nose)
2 dash Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)
1 dash Cointreau (1/2 oz )
1 dash Dry Vermouth (1/2 oz Dolin)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added an orange twist.
Two Tuesdays ago, I was browsing the Scotch section of Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 when I spotted the Westervelt. With the combination of spirit, citrus, dry vermouth, and orange liqueur, it reminded me of the Snake in the Grass and Haymaker. The book provides no history as to whom the drink is named after, but Jacob Westervelt was a famous ship builder who later became mayor of New York City in the mid to late 19th century. Once mixed, the orange notes from the twist, bitters, and liqueur filled the bouquet. A lemon, orange, and malt-laden sip was followed by the swallow's Scotch plus the citrus and dry vermouth's crispness on the finish.

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