Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cockpit Cocktail

From the 1927 publication "Barflies and Cocktails" by "Harry & Wynn".

This recipe appears in the back section of the book, basically a "shout out" to members of the "I.B.F." (International Bar Flies) and their favorite drinks. The recipe is described as follows:

Ferdy Touhy, author of "The Cockpit of Peace," a lively collection of post-war chronicles with a boulevard background, believes in 1/6 Irish Whiskey, 1/6 Rye Whiskey, 1/3 Italian Vermouth, 1/3 French Vermouth. Try a "Cockpit' and you'll get cockeyed.

In addition to writing a few books on WWI, Ferdinand "Ferdy" Touhy was a Paris correspondent for "The New York World". A sharp wit, in 1923 he composed a popular song about the Fourth Assembly of the League of Nations: "THE SONG OF THE COUNCIL".

"Yes, we'll have no decisions, We'll have no decisions today— Our League of Nations Exists on foundations Of dodging, debates and delay. So with Europe dissolving We sit resolving That yes, we'll have no decisions, We'll have no decisions today—"

(Great satire has a timeless quality, don't you think?)

Here's Touhy's signature drink, the "Cockpit":

The Cockpit

1/2 oz Irish Whisky
1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Italian Vermouth
1 oz French Vermouth

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.

A dash of Angostura bitters and a lemon twist really bring out the flavors here nicely.

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