Thursday, March 10, 2016

show boat

1/2 Booth's Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
1/4 Orange Juice (1/2 oz)
1/4 Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)
1 dash Grenadine (1/2 oz)
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with; strain into a cocktail glass.
Two Saturdays ago, I reached for the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book and spotted the Show Boat attributed to UK Bartender Guild member J.W. Mellish. The recipe reminded me of a Pink Lady with orange juice instead of apple brandy, and the combination of orange, lemon, and grenadine did trigger thoughts about the Ward Eight (and the lesser known gin Eureka in Boothby). Once prepared, the Show Boat presented a vague fruity aroma with the pomegranate notes being the most recognizable. Next, a creamy orange sip gave way to gin, lemon, and berry flavors on the swallow.

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