Thursday, March 8, 2012

jock macdonald

1/3 Walker's Rye Whiskey (3/4 oz Old Overholt)
1/3 Lillet (3/4 oz Cocchi Americano)
1/3 Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)
1 dash Apricot Brandy (1/4 oz Rothman & Winter)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Wednesday last week for the cocktail hour, I delved into the Café Royal Cocktail Book and found the Jock MacDonald. With the Lillet, lemon, and apricot brandy flavors, it reminded me of the rum-based Culross. As for the name, there was a famous abstract and surrealist painter Jock MacDonald during the 1930's, but the true identity of the namesake may be lost for good.
The Jock MacDonald's lemon and apricot aromas gave the perception of orange notes. Next, the lemon juice and citrus components of the Cocchi Americano filled the sip, and the swallow showcased the rye with a pleasing apricot finish. Indeed, the hint of apricot at the end reminded me of James Maloney's signature drinks like the Manhattan Bell-Ringer.

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