Monday, November 7, 2011

embassy club

1/4 jigger Cognac (1/2 oz Courvoisier VS)
1/4 jigger Rum (1/2 oz Plantation Panama 2007)
1/4 jigger Cointreau (1/2 oz)
1/4 jigger Lime Juice (1/2 oz)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Our second drink last Monday was the Embassy Club from Boothby's 1934 World Drinks And How To Mix Them. The recipe seemed rather intriguing for I had not heard of the name before; then it struck me that it was a Between the Sheets with lime instead of lemon juice (note: the original Between the Sheets called for a dash of lemon juice, but it is usually made as a more modern equal parts drink). A while back I wrote about a bunch of equal parts recipes that were variations on the Hoop La such as the Between the Sheets, and I was curious as to what a change in the citrus would do.
The aroma of the lemon twist and funky Panamanian rum set the tone for the Embassy Club. The citrussy sip showcased the lime and Cointreau, and the swallow brought forth a smooth Cognac flavor that blended well with the rum; moreover, the swallow ended a little tarter than the sip started. Andrea commented that she remembered the Between the Sheets being somewhat unremarkable, but the way the lime shaped the drink made this one quite notable. I had to agree that the lime added a lot more depth of flavor to the drink. Similarly, the Dover, a lime-laden Corpse Reviver #2 sans absinthe, brought the gin out differently than lemon. In addition, I found it interesting how the lemon in the Between the Sheets accented the Cognac more, while the lime here highlighted the rum.

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