Gin, apricot brandy, applejack and lemon juice. That got my attention. Created by a cartoonist, sounded even more interesting. I came across this in the Big Bartender's Book and was surprised it had not caught my eye before.
Otto Soglow (December 23, 1900 -April 3, 1975)
From Ted Saucier's 1951 title Bottoms Up, and accredited to cartoonist Otto Soglow, this drink was named after a popular comic strip that Otto created for the New Yorker in 1931.
|A 32 year old Otto is on the far left, celebrating the end of prohibition in 1933 with some of his fellow cartoonists.|
An article in LIFE from 1951 suggested that Soglow and a number of other cartoonists (one is partially visible in the photo above at the right) were brought together to test the properties of waterproof ink; as after being drawn on, the models were doused in water.
Ted's recipe from 1951 was listed as:
Delicate and dry, the drink is well balanced by the slightly sweet apricot and apple notes. With the lemon juice just right, it walks the line between sweet and sour well, trending on the dry side, but only a bit.
I've also noticed that this drink opens up very well, that is, when I've allowed it to sit that long - which hasn't been often!