Sunday, 6 March 2011

South Coast Cocktails

A recipe from the great Dale DeGroff, in his book 'The Craft of the Cocktail', this is a variation on a whisky sour but without egg white - Dale (who can be trusted in all things cocktail) insists egg whites are wrong.  I quite agree.  This consists of (for 2 people): 4 parts blended Scotch ( a good brand, please, we use Grant's Family Reserve), 1.5 parts curacao (i.e. Cointreau), 1 part fresh lemon juice, 1/2 part gomme syrup, and 2.5 parts soda water.  These should be stirred in a mixing glass over ice (not shaken) and strained into 2 chilled martini glasses.  Serve with an orange twist.  Very nice, and deceptively 'quaffable' because of the soda water.  Beware, though, it packs a punch!


  1. Thanks for sharing, but in the UK Cointreau is an orange liqueur and Curacao is a blue coloured liqueur!
    Have you tried
    1 measure Midori (melon liqueur)
    1 measure Noilly Pratt (dry vermouth)
    1 measure dry gin
    topped up with lemonade served over ice with Angosturas bitters if desired...

  2. Blue Curacao is blue! But the regular Curacao is a colourless orange liqueur, of which Cointreau is a brand name. Thanks for the recipe, what's this cocktail called?

  3. It doesn't have a name as it's something a group of us used to put together in the holidays.

  4. you have fun on your holidays, obviously!!!!!