By the way, all three recipes in this post make two drinks and each is shaken over ice, if you're actually tempted to try any of them. If you do, I want to hear all about it.
First up is The Artillery. I have to admit that it was pretty much dreadful--oily and tasted overwhelmingly of Italian vermouth. Does Italian vermouth remind anyone else of beef stock? No wonder one of the tips in The Savoy Cocktail Book is to drink them quickly! Of course, I don't expect every single drink to be to my taste. The liquor cabinet was getting bare and we were trying to find recipes that didn't require leaving the house for provisions. This is not a recommended method of choosing cocktails!
Next up was the Blackthorn Cocktail. Eeek. I couldn't even finish it! Sounds like we're going to have to work on a well-stocked liquor cabinet so we can make the drinks that actually sound tasty. Who would combine Irish whisky and French vermouth? It's insane. I will freely admit to loathing anisette, so I probably should have known going into it that this one wouldn't be my favorite. Although, glögg is really tasty and aquavit tastes like aniseed.
In all fairness, this last one isn't vile; it just wasn't something I'm looking forward to making again. I'm beginning to suspect that I may not be much of a fan of Angostura bitters or Italian vermouth. In the mood for a cocktail that isn't one of these? I've got lots of other other cocktails posts that have some tasty drinks.
Can you guess which card game we were playing?
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