Thursday, March 5, 2020

union league club special

1 1/2 oz Rye or Bourbon (Old Overholt Rye)
1/2 oz Jamaican Rum (1/4 oz Coruba + 1/4 oz Smith & Cross)
1/2 oz Curaçao (Pierre Ferrand)
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Sugar

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added an orange twist.
Thursday two weeks ago, I reached for my 1962 edition of Ted Saucier's 1954 Bottoms Up book and discovered the Union League Club special; the recipe was created at that Manhattan club that is still open on 37th and Park. Overall, the feel reminded me of Harry Johnson's Fedora minus the brandy but with the inclusion of orange juice akin to a Ward 8. Once prepared, the Union League Club Special met the nose with an orange and rum funk aroma. Next, lemon and orange notes mingled on the sip, and the swallow showcased rye flavors along with rum funk melding into orange peel.

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