1/3 jigger Cognac (1 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840)
1/3 jigger Sweet Vermouth (1 oz Cocchi)
1/3 jigger Sweet-Sour (1/2 oz Lemon Juice, 1/2 oz Simple Syrup)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
After the Western Front, I opened up Boothby's 1934 edition of World Drinks And How To Mix Them and spotted the Gazette. The Gazette seemed like an abstraction of the classic Sidecar and reminded me of Emily Shaw's Special from Ted Saucier's Bottom's Up. Once in the glass, the Gazette shared a Cognac aroma that gave way to a sweet lemon and grape sip. The Cognac flavors on the swallow were tempered by the vermouth and accented by the lemon.
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.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!