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Day 309, Cocktail 311

Monday, Monday, Monday…it was just a blah kind of day this past Monday.  Very little to make it remarkable or even notable.  So how to cheer up Monday?

I pulled the Ultimate Bar Book down off the shelf in the Twilight Lounge and started flipping through it.  I headed right to the very beginning of the cocktails by spirit section, which is brandy.  I’m fairly well stocked in brandy between the cognac, brandy and Calvados that I have, so it seemed like a good place to start.  And then, there it was…the angels started singing and a single spotlight illuminated the entry.  The Barton Special Cocktail.  If this cocktail can’t make Monday special, what can?

I attempted to do some research on the history of this drink.  It does appear in the Savoy cocktail guide, but I really couldn’t find anything definitive regarding its history or just how Barton is.  However, I didn’t let that stop me from mixing one up.

  Barton Special

  • 1-1/2 oz Calvados
  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz scotch

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Ok, so I’m sure the selection of gin and scotch would make a difference in this drink.  I went with the Beefeater for the gin, figuring this would need all the oomph that a quality London dry would provide.  I used the Johnny Walker Red because, well, its what I had.  However, it’s big, smokey flavor figured to stand up to the Calvados.  Which is does, almost.  The clear flavor of this drink is the Calvados, backed by the smoky scotch.  The gin gets totally lost in this.  It really is just a huge shot…not much going on here with flavor to make this a distinctive cocktail.  I suspect some lemon and bitters would help pull this three headed beast together and tame it.  That experiment, however, will have to wait for another day.  So, alas, my Monday remained uninspired.


Day 259, Cocktail 257

Don’t you just love to start the week off feeling just fine and dandy?  That’s exactly how I felt Sunday after having had a pretty good weekend up to that point.  We were both in the mood for something with gin so I perused the “The Martini Book” and found this jim dandy of a cocktail.  It is a classic that goes back to the Savoy Cocktail book, published in the 1930’s, and considered a bible of sorts for the cocktail set.

  Fine and Dandy

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  No garnish needed.

This was a very nice cocktail.  The orange flavor of the triple sec and lemon from the juice being at the forefront, nicely backed by the juniper of the Beefeater gin that I used.  This was a very nice way to get a fruit flavored cocktail without it being overly sweet. 

A cocktail making hint for you on this one.  Whenever making a cocktail that calls for small amounts of aromatics like bitters add that ingredient first on your ice in your mixing glass or shaker.  It will coat the ice and become a little more evenly dispersed this way instead of adding it last to the other liquids in your shaker or mixer.