Sunday, January 23, 2011

London Cocktail

This recipe is from Hugo R. Ensslin's "Recipes for Mixed Drinks" (1917).

Another recipe in the "flip" family, this one with Rye whiskey, Orgeat, and orange flower water.

Hugo's recipe:

London Cocktail

1 jigger Rye Whiskey
3/4 jigger Orgeat syrup
2 dashes Orange Flower Water
1 Egg

Shake well in a mixing glass with crushed ice, strain and serve with nutmeg on top.

My adaptation

London Flip

2 ounces (60 ml) Rittenhouse Rye
1 ounce (30 ml) Trader Tiki Orgeat syrup
1/8 ounce (4 ml) Orange Flower Water
1 fresh laid egg

Shake ingredients once without ice, then once with. Strain into a Collins glass. Grate fresh nutmeg over top.

Hugo actually calls for 1.5 ounces (45 ml) Orgeat, but I toned it down to a more sensible one ounce. If you want a sweeter flip, go for the full measure. The orgeat/orange flower water combo is nice, not overpowering at all. It provides a nice balance for the 100 proof rye making it seem more like an 80 proof brandy. I haven't tried this with the Wild Turkey 101 Rye yet but I imagine it would also be good here.

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