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Friday, October 28, 2011

Classic cocktail for this Halloween!

Happy Halloween, my fellow cocktail enthusiasts! It's that time of year for all the ghosts and ghouls to get their freak on. Want to start this Halloween off with a good, classic cocktail fitting for this spooky time of year? How about the Satan's Whiskers Cocktail? This cocktail recipe comes from Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book, from 1930.
The Savoy Cocktail Book (This one is actually the "New and Enlarged Edition 1933")

The recipe is written:
Of Italian Vermouth, French Vermouth, Gin and Orange Juice, two parts each; of Grand Marnier one part; Orange Bitters,  a dash.
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
 If you use Orange CuraƧao instead of Grand Marnier then it is called Satan's Whiskers Cocktail (Curled).

The picture below is actually a pretty small glass. (Yes, the devil is actually a single piece of formed glass created in Mirano, Italy. They really know how to work with glass. Incredible detail!) For the size of this glass I used 1/2 ounce of Italian Vermouth, French Vermouth, Gin and Orange Juice and 1/4 ounce of Grand Marnier with a single dash of Orange Bitters.

Conjure up a Satan's Whiskers Cocktail for yourself this Halloween. Just don't drink too many or your treat will turn into a trick! This is one of those drinks that can easily sneak up on you.

Tim Morrison (Mr. Martini)

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