Thursday, May 2, 2013

courtney riley cooper

4 part Cognac (1 1/2 oz Foret Brandy)
1 part Dubonnet (3/4 oz Bonal)
1 part Cointreau (3/8 oz)
1 part Lime Juice (3/8 oz)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added an orange twist.

After the Colonia Roma, I still had some lime juice left over, so I grabbed David Embury's The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks to find a use for it. There I spotted the Courtney Riley Cooper. With the Dubonnet and orange liqueur, the recipe made me think of the Don't Give Up the Ship despite the different base spirit and presence of citrus here. The drink was named after Courtney Ryley Cooper who was a circus performer and later publicist for Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus; moreover, Cooper was a prolific author of crime books and was Annie Oakley's first biographer.
david embury the fine art of mixing drinks
The orange oil from the garnish brightened the candied orange aroma from the pairing of the brandy and Cointreau. A sweet lime and grape sip led into a rich Grand Marnier-like swallow. Over all, the drink was an elegant tribute to a curious man.

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