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Day 98, Cocktails 96 & 97

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [to Igor] Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck’s?
Igor: [pause, then] No.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won’t be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby Someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Normal?
Igor: I’m almost sure that was the name.

Ah yes, the Mel Brooks classic “Young Frankenstein” has a lot of memorable lines, but the exchange between Frankenstein and Igor about the brain that was used in the monster is my favorite.  Which leads me to the latest cocktail sampled at the Twilight Lounge last night.

  Abbey Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz orange juice
  • Dash of Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange peel.

I used Bombay for this one as it is one of my favorites and I thought it would be a nice pairing with the juice.  Essentially, this is a martini with orange juice substituting for the sweet vermouth.  I liked it, but Gwen wasn’t as keen on it.  In an effort to have something she would enjoy, I went back down to the Lounge and doctored hers up.  This is the result.

  Abbey Normal

  • 1-1/2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz orange juice
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz St. Germain
  • Dash of Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange peel.

This version was much more to Gwen’s liking, with the Cointreau reinforcing the orange juice and the St. Germain adding a touch of floral sweetness that helped mellow out the Bombay.

So get out your shaker, mix up either one of these cocktails, pop “Young Frankenstein” into the DVD player and enjoy!

Cheers!

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2 Comments

  1. Yo Stan!

    I received a bottle of St. Germain for Christmas. Finally sampled it the other night. I took the bottle to a friend’s house, and we had a St. Germain and Tonic (it was a short stay, so no time to experiment). Not a bad combo, but it definitely needed something to pump it up a notch or two. Abbey Normal sounds close to what I was thinking about last night (1.5 ounces of Bombay, .5 ounces of St. Germain, a dash or two of Angostura, shake, pour, garnish with a twist of orange). Your drink sounds a good bit easier on the palate. Guess I’m gonna have to get some Cointreau. Did you try it without the OJ? Just curious. 🙂

    Cheers!
    G-LO

    • Hey G-LO,

      I haven’t tried the Abby Normal without the Cointreau, but I’m sure it would work well. Often I’ll just add a 1/4 oz or so of the St. Germain to a gin and tonic. If you have Hendricks then garnish with cucumber and or add some crushed mint and you’ll have some real fun then!


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