Monday, May 10, 2021

van zandt cocktail

50% Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
50% Dry Vermouth (1 1/2 oz Noilly Prat)
1 dash Apricot Brandy (1/4 oz Rothman & Winter)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; I added an orange twist.
Two Mondays ago, I selected the 1933 edition of Jack's Manual for a recipe. There, I spotted the Van Zandt Cocktail; the drink of course was not a prescient tribute to the musician in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, but it was named after a bar patrol of author Jacob Grohusko who drank enough of them to have the honorarium appear in the 1908 edition of the book. Overall, the combination seemed like a much more subtle Franken Jack, so I was intrigued. In the glass, the Van Zandt welcomed the senses with orange, apricot, pineapple, and floral aromas. Next, white wine and stone fruit notes on the sip slid into gin softened by apricot flavors on the swallow with an orange finish.

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