Thursday, May 20, 2010

sloppy joe's cocktail #2

3/4 oz Brandy (Château de Plassons VSOP Cognac)
3/4 oz Port (Sandeman Tawny)
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 tsp Curaçao (Senior Curaçao of Curaçao)
1/4 tsp Grenadine (Homemade)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

On Saturday night when we got home, we were in the mood for a nightcap so I found the Sloppy Joe's Cocktail #2 in Trader Vic. Sloppy Joe's was a bar in Havana, Cuba, that opened up in 1919 just as Prohibition increased the demand for establishments to serve American tourists. Their Cocktail #1 is a similar recipe with the brandy, port, and pineapple juice in this drink swapped for rum, dry vermouth, and lime juice.
The Sloppy Joe's Cocktail #2 ended up with a nice layer of foam from the pineapple juice being shaken, and the aroma contained a combination of port and pineapple notes. Overall, the drink was moderately dry with the sip being a good balance of pineapple and port flavors and the swallow containing heat from the brandy. The Curaçao and grenadine amounts were small enough that detecting their flavors was difficult. Perhaps at an eighth of an ounce or so each, they might contribute a bit more to the profile.

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