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.
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, 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)!