Thursday, December 17, 2020


1/2 Brandy (1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac)
1/4 Bacardi (3/4 oz Santa Teresa Claro + 1 bsp Batavia Arrack)
1/2 juice of Lime (1/2 oz)
2 dash Fraise Syrup (1 frozen Strawberry muddled in 1/2 oz Simple Syrup)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Two Thursdays ago, I opened up Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 and spotted the Richelieu. While I did not have a fraise syrup on hand, I improvised with a frozen strawberry and simple syrup to make this drink. There was no history provided about the name, but there was the 1914 American silent historical drama film based on the play "Richelieu" which would at least match up with the book's time frame. That title referred to Armand Jean du Plessis known as Cardinal Richelieu in France, and his nickname of "The Red Eminence" would match the drink's color. Once assembled, the Richelieu cocktail proffered a strawberry, lime, and rum aroma. Next, it decreed a strawberry and lime sip that gave way to Cognac and grassy funk flavors on the swallow.

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