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Day 251, Cocktails 250 & 251

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

Thus starts the standard New Year’s Eve song, sung at the stroke of midnight (after the kissing is over).  It’s actually a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788.  “Auld Lang Syne” translates from the old Scottish to modern English as “for the sake old times” more or less. 

I started with that little tidbit because it’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne to the holiday season.  Tonight’s post is two more cocktails that were served up on New Year’s Eve at the Twilight Lounge bash.  The first is a classic cocktail that hails from the era just after Prohibition.  The 20th Century Cocktail was invented to honor the new Dreyfus Hudson steam locomotive that was put into service pulling the 20th Century Ltd. train between Chicago and New York in 1938.  Although we are well into the 21st century, this is still a damn good cocktail!

  20th Century Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass.  Stir to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon peel or twist.

A nice, chocolate flavored cocktail with hints of lemon and mellowed out by the slightly sweet flavor of the Lillet.  This would be better as a dessert cocktail after a hearty dinner, but the chocolate fans in your life will enjoy it anytime!

The second new cocktail at the Lounge New Year’s Eve was for my neighbor Jasen.  He was bringing a big bottle of Hennessy VS cognac that was going to be left behind.  The only caveat was that I had to make a drink for him that used the Hennessy.  The drink I chose for Jasen was the Boston Sidecar, which I also imbibed in myself.

  Boston Sidecar

  • 1 oz Hennessy cognac
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lime juice

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass.  Stir to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

The addition of the rum and replacing the traditional sidecar’s lemon with lime makes this close to a margarita in flavor.  I do get a slightly nutty, woody flavor from the cognac, but the lime and rum definately lighten this classic up. 

Well, there you have it, the holidays are officially over!

Cheers!

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