Thursday, September 6, 2012

hauptmann cocktail

1 1/2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
1/2 oz Orgeat (BG Reynolds)
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with 3 drops Regan's Orange Bitters.
For the cocktail hour two Thursdays ago, we were tempted by a drink in the September/October issue of Imbibe Magazine called the Hauptmann Cocktail. The recipe was created by Brian Dressel of Austin's Midnight Cowboy, and the combination of orgeat, lemon juice, and orange juice reminded me of The O.G.. The Hauptmann began with orange aromas accented with a wormwood-like note. Next, the sip was a smooth almond and citrus flavor that ended with the Old Tom gin's savory botanicals and the juice's orange notes on the swallow.


uberwrensch said...

I enjoyed this cocktail.

Question: do you/does one fine strain fizzes? I ask because I get fine ice shards in the drink, nothing like icebergs, but large enough to notice.

Question: the picture in Imbibe of the bitters swirl, that's Regans' bitters? Do not take this as a reflection on you, but mine looked much more like yours pictured.

frederic said...

If ice shards bother you, definitely strain. Some bars strain after every shake, others do not. Lately, I strain my juices before I add them and opt not to strain after shaking (but I also choose not to beat the tin to death to make lots of shards).

I had two problems with that. One was the color was wrong since Regan's are almost clear with a hint of orange. And two, the recipe said 3 dashes which is way too much for a garnish. Often the people who publish the recipes aren't pros at making recipes so they cannot spot errors in the transcription. So drops become dashes. I once had a recipe where a barspoon (in the recipe I gave them, i.e.: 1/8 oz) became a tablespoon (1/2 oz) in what they published. After that, I started giving ounce volumes for everything.

frederic said...

According to this blog post that appeared a few hours ago, the drink is made with Peychaud's not orange bitters.

uberwrensch said...

Thanks for the info and blog link. Their "Peychauds mist" is pretty (as pictured on the site) but surely it's no small amount. They mention orange bitters in the recipe, perhaps they it's added to the shake.

In any case, I will try to keep a clear eye when reading published recipes :) barspoon vs tablespoon, ha.

Alex said...

I just made this as you published it. Damn good - reminds me of an orange dreamsicle. Excellent use for orgeat!