1/2 jigger Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
1/4 jigger Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz Dolin)
1 dash Maraschino (3/8 oz Luxardo)
1/2 spoon Lime Juice (3/8 oz)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Two Thursdays ago for the start of the cocktail hour, I opened up my copy of Boothby's 1934 World Drinks And How To Mix Them and found the Pat Bra. Since a good number of the recipes have light pours on the citrus and sweeteners compared to modern cocktail recipes, I tinkered with the ratios to fit my preferred palate. Once mixed, the Pat Bra offered a fruity aroma from the lime and Maraschino. A lime sip shared grape and cherry notes, and the swallow ended things with gin botanicals and a nutty cherry flavor. Overall, it came across rather Aviation-like, and after a bit of thought, I recalled that the recipe was rather similar to the Emerson Cocktail save for that calling for an Old Tom Gin and slightly different proportions.
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)!