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Friday, April 24, 2009

Spanish Town Cocktail

This week I’ve continued my exploration of the retro cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  The Spanish Town cocktail was right next to the Special Rough (on p.152), but it was a recipe for making six cocktails, calling for five glasses of rum.  You will notice that I have trimmed the recipe down quite a bit.  Unfortunately, old Harry Craddock didn’t specify the type of rum to use, so I had to improvise.  Normally, I would use dark rum (Gosling’s®) for sipping (this cocktail is almost all rum), but I thought that it was unlikely that Harry would use a dark rum for this cocktail, so I used Bacardi® 8.  You can use any high quality rum; experiment with your favorite.  The original recipe just specified Curaçao, but I substituted some Blue Curaçao (it’s all I had) that gave the cocktail a nice, pale green color when mixed with gold colored rum.  I thought that sprinkling the nutmeg was a nice touch from the Savoy, and it added some interesting complexity to the drink.  This cocktail has a really nice finish, you should enjoy it!


Spanish Town (Savoy Cocktail Book)

2 ½ oz. Bacardi® 8 Rum

1 dash Blue Curaçao

Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker.  Shake to wake the town using a flamenco beat.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Sprinkle top with (preferably) freshly ground nutmeg.

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