1/4 jigger Bacardi (1 oz Coruba)
1/4 jigger Gin (1 oz Beefeater)
1/4 jigger Caloric (3/4 oz Kronan Swedish Punsch)
1 dash Apricot Brandy (1/4 oz Rothman & Winter)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added an orange twist.
A few Fridays ago, I stopped upon the Pooh Bah in Boothby's 1934 World Drinks and How to Mix Them that also appears in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book. I was drawn to the recipe for Swedish punsch and apricot go so well together, and these two elements along with gin work great in the Havana Cocktail. Once prepared, the Pooh Bah offered an orange aroma from the twist that complemented the apricot nose. Next, caramel and light citrussy notes on the sip gave way to funky rum, juniper, and tea on the swallow with an apricot finish. Just like many of the straight spirits Kronan Swedish Punsch recipes, I felt that this one would prosper from some fresh citrus juice in the mix.
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)!