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Day 226, Cocktail 224

I know, I know, I just popped my best Dean Martin line as a post title.  But will the cocktail stand up to a kick in the head?  Let’s find out.

Tuesday’s cocktail was something called Cameron’s Kick.  It’s another classic, prohibition area cocktail with a murky past.  It did appear in the Savoy cocktail book, published in London in 1930 and considered an iconic recipe book for bartenders and enthusiasts alike.  The recipe I used is pretty close to the Savoy version.  However, if you google Cameron’s Kick Cocktail you’ll find all kinds of variants both in ingredients and in proportion.  Of course, that’s what makes cocktails so much fun!

  Cameron’s Kick

  • 1 oz blended scotch
  • 1 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe.  Garnish with an orange peel or orange twist if desired.

Yes, this is another one of those cocktails that when I first looked at the ingredient list I though “you’ve got to be kidding!”.  To be honest, my first sip wasn’t all that pleasant either.  The flavor profile went from the scotch to the whiskey to the lemon to the almond of the orgeat…to, I don’t know, maybe baby puke?  The interesting thing was that as this had some time to sit in the glass and blend it got better.  By the time I was halfway through I was quite pleased with this drink.  Not too sweet, not too boozy, it was just right.  And to my suprise (well, maybe not, I’ve gotten used to unusual ingredient combinations) this unusual blend of flavors worked well together.

Do you have an odd drink?  Let me know and I’ll try it out!



Octopussy, anyone?

Day 48, Cocktail 43

I figure there were at least 5 different James Bonds, so I can have at least 5 different James Bond martini style cocktails.  Hey, it sounds logical to me!

Anyway, Gwen and I watched Roger Moore in Octopussy Friday night.  The scenery is exotic (mostly set in India) and Maud Adams is fabulous as the “Bond” girl.    Whenever we watch a Bond film a martini style drink is in order.  For tonight, we had a variation of the Smokey Vesper.


  • 4 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Cutty Sark scotch
  • 2 dashes Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake vigorously to mix and chill.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with three cocktail olives.

As with all my Bond cocktails, the quantities above make 2 (hey, I’m always watching Bond movies with Gwen!).  The gin takes front and center in this one, with just a very subtle smoke flavor from the scotch.  Enjoy with your favorite Bond or Bond girl!


This week I’ve decided to spotlight one of the more intriguing flavors that I’ve come across over the last year or so, Luxardo’s Maraschino Liqueur.  It is distilled from Marasca cherries and originally came from what is now Croatia.  I purchased my first bottle of Luxardo’s Maraschino about a year ago so that I could try an Aviation Cocktail, an old classic that I had read about in Dale Degroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail”.  The Aviation puts the maraschino front and center and it has grown on me.  I’ll readily admit that this is a somewhat acquired taste, but then again so are many of life’s tastiest tidbits.  The flavor of the maraschino is not at all sweet (completely unlike the bright red maraschino cherry that you buy at the store and that your girl- or boyfriend uses to show off when she or he ties the stem into a knot without the aid of hands).  It does taste somewhat like a tart cherry with an almost nutty undertone.  It plays well with gin and rye whiskey.  But that’s not all, as it can be found in any number of cocktails.

As for the Aviation Cocktail, well, as I’ve already written, this (along with the French 75) is probably the cocktail most responsible for my interest in classic cocktails.  The recipe that I use is probably close to the original, although as with most classic cocktails, the precise origin is hard to pinpoint.  It was definately around in the 1930’s in the form that Degroff uses in “The Craft of the Cocktail”.  However, I’ve seen reports that put its origin as early as 1916 – perhaps it was a tribute to the Wright brothers!

  Aviation Cocktail

  • 2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Flamed lemon peel for garnish


Shake the gin, maraschino and lemon juice with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. 

I find that the Plymouth provides an excellent backdrop for the maraschino.  Suprisingly, it is not nearly as tart as you might expect, with the lemon juice complimenting the maraschino very nicely. 

I’ll be following up this week with more recipes using maraschino.  If you are interested in learning more about the history of maraschino liqueur just click here.  And for more information about Luxardo, just click here.


Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Day 16, Cocktail 16