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Day 71, Cocktail 70

I decided to take advantage of the holiday today (my company was off today) to get closer to even on my journey.  So, while Gwen was whipping up some delicious crab cakes for dinner I pulled Dale Degroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail” off the shelf and started looking for something similar to a martini.  I settled on a cocktail called the Royal Cocktail.  According to Degroff this is a 1930’s cocktail from the Embassy Club in Hollywood.  I guess they figured they were royalty out there.

  Royal Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Heering liqueur

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with 4-5 ice cubes and stir to chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a flamed lemon peel.

This was a tasty little treat, with the Cherry Heering providing the dominant flavor, but not completely overwhelming the gin and vermouth.  Since this is about as simple to make as it gets, I’m pretty sure I’ll find my way to anther one these yet this evening!



  1. Stan, always great to read your blog. Today at the store we tasted a Note Blanc white, A Saint Trophez white blend with Ugni Blanc and Vermintino grapes as the main grape blends. Very tasty and popular. Great for the hot temperature today. No need for food as all the customer’s commented that this could be enjoyed on it’s own. The next white was, Tabali Viognier, a Chilean wine. Very similar to Southern France, Rhone Wines. More Complex and would be a fantastic complement to shrimp or sushi on a hot afternoon. The first red we tasted was, Roches Noires “GSM” (Grenache, Shirah, Moreverde) a French wine that reminded me of the Australian “GSM” that everyone loves! Subtle Tannins and blackberrys that you could drink now or age later. The last red wine was the Tabali Shirah. At first opening lacking, but an hour later very tasty and complex. Like most Chilean Shirah’s latent tannins and full bodied. Great on a patio or with a shrimp kabob. Probably a little long winded in the commentary but that how wine is! Looking forward to the next installment of Stan’s blog. When in Indy look me up. Miles!

    ps, Tonight was a Basil Hayden night!

    • Miles, it is always good to hear from you and thanks for the wine reviews. I’ll add those whites to my list to find since we are always look for good summer whites, especially when it’s hot! I hope you enjoyed the Basil Hayden, would have liked to have been there to help you out with it!

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