Continuing my quest for the perfect retro-cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book, I discovered the Resolute (on p. 133). It had the virtue of simplicity and, more importantly, I had all the ingredients on hand. I discovered that this cocktail is well-named. You must be really Resolute to drink it when mixed as specified in the book. The recipe from the
I decided this recipe needed some adjustment. I didn’t want to add sweetener, since that wouldn’t keep the recipe true to the spirit of the book. The alternative was a radical reduction in the amount of lemon juice. The recipe below cuts it by half, but you might want to go farther than that. I recommend that you make it with less lemon juice than specified, and add a little more if you feel you could withstand a little more tartness. I added the garnish; none was specified in the original.
1 ½ oz.
3/4 oz. apricot brandy
1 heavy dash freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3/8 oz. max.)
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake resolutely until your hand gets too cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.