I’m bored, so I’m taking random cocktail recipes from The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), giving them a try, and modifying/improving them if I think it’s necessary, and reporting my findings here.
White Lily Cocktail
I opened the Savoy Cocktail Book randomly and there was the White Lily Cocktail. Wow, I thought, there is no way that this is going to be palatable. Rum + gin? And a dash of absinthe?
So I mixed up a small one, only 1/2 oz of each, so as not to waste the booze before tossing it into the sink.
In anticipation of having to do some radical revision of the recipe, I taste-tested the mixture even before adding ice (and stirring, not shaking — sorry, Savoy, we’re more civilized now).
It was delicious.
I was shocked. I chilled it, poured it, added a lemon twist to it. It was still delicious, bright and clear and tasty.
I offered it to my Lovely First Wife, who despises gin and boozy cocktails in general. She liked it.
How could this be? It should have been a boozy slug, yet here was this stupid recipe knocking it out of the ballpark.
I attempted a variation with a darker rum and Empress 1908 gin, but it was not better. (I shall continue exploring gin/rum combos, though.)
Next time I will try using the absinthe as a rinse so as to lower its bully quotient, but otherwise this one goes in my bar book.
Point to Savoy!
SAVOY VARIATIONS SCORECARD:
- Savoy: 3
- Dale: 2
- Sink: 3