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.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
boston cocktail books!
The 2017 collection of 855 drink recipes, bartender tributes, and essays on hospitality from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore)!
The 2012 collection of 505 drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore)!