Rose Cocktail No.2 – Recipe

Rose Cocktail (English Version)
Rose Cocktail (English Version)

The oldest reference to the Rose cocktail I can find is Robert Vermeire’s 1922 English cocktail book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. He credits its invention to Sidney Knight in London at the Alhambra theatre (I have no idea who Sidney Knight is, nor could I find anything about him).

What sets the English version of this cocktail apart from the French (currant) and American (raspberry) grenadine is used as the red fruit sweetener.

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Rose (Grenadine Version)

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

22%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Grenadine
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

Notes

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Rose Cocktail No.1 – Recipe

Rose Cocktail (American Version)
Rose Cocktail (American Version)

So I won’t lie; I don’t have any objective, concrete evidence to point to this being the American version of the Rose recipe. Honestly, the recipe for this cocktail is all over the place. Older books cite just the French and English versions, and later ones add the American version. The recipes are current, grenadine (pomegranate), cherry, and raspberry. So here is an explanation of why I broke the three up the way I did:

• Older books only mention the French or English version and they only mention currant or grenadine as the sweetener.
• I don’t see raspberry pop up until folks start mentioning an American version.
• Of the older books that mention the French and English versions, the French one is often associated with currant.

With that information, I figured my best bet was to associate French with currant, English with grenadine, and American with raspberry. Not to say I am right, but with all the time I have invested in figuring this out, this is the best I could come up with.

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Rose (Raspberry Version)

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

22%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Raspberry Syrup
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Notes

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Polichinelle – Classic Recipe & History

Polichinelle Cocktail
Polichinelle Cocktail

This recipe comes from Robert Vermeire and his 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. Written while he worked at the New York Embassy Club in London, this cocktail is named after the commedia dell’arte character Pulcinella. (Polichinelle is the French spelling of Pulcinella) This cocktail is pretty sweet, but it also has a decent amount of alcohol. If you like Porto, then this is right up your alley.

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Polichinelle

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

254

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Polichinelle cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz

  • Black Currant Liqueur
  • 2/3 oz

  • Kirschwasser
  • 1 oz

  • Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a separate mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir and combine those ingredients.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

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Straits Sling – Savoy Recipe

Straits Sling Cocktail
Straits Sling Cocktail

The Oldest Known Straits Sling Recipe.

I will preface this by saying this is the oldest recipe I could find so far. I looked through quite a few books between the 1890s to 1930s, and this is the first recipe I could find. I saw a few articles saying it was in the 1922 book Cocktails: How to mix them by Robert Vermeire, but I looked through that book and could not find it. So you will have to settle for this 1930s recipe, but this is a Savoy recipe, and the recipes from this book are almost always spot on. I have modified the recipe to be single-serve here, but they write it as a sizeable 6-person drink in the Savoy.

The History Of Sling Cocktails.

Slings are a very old style of cocktail. Even in Harry Johnson’s 1888 edition of The Bartenders Manual, he comments under the cold whiskey sling that “This is an old-fashioned drink generally called for by old gentlemen.” The oldest cocktail book I could find to have a sling recipe is the 1862 Bartenders Guide by Jerry Thomas. He has three recipes for both hot and cold slings. Interestingly enough, he groups both slings with toddies. The only difference is slings have nutmeg grated on top, and toddies do not. Often most early cocktails started as medicinal drinks, and the brandy and gin sling appear in a few medical journals from the 1830s.

In the August 1832 Boston medical and surgical journal, on page 15, the author notes giving a patient 1 to 5 grains of opium with a hot brandy sling to treat spotted fever and malignant cholera. Further linking its history to toddies, I found a September 1845 court case of the Massachusetts Commonwealth vs. Chester R. White. He sold a toddy/sling to a Mr. Edwin T. Rogers without a spirituous liquor license. Mr. White argued that it contained an ingredient that was a spirit, but the mixed drink itself was not a spirit. Mr. White did not win the case, but the court documents’ wording of the drink is essential.

“It was sold in the form of gin and brandy, mixed with sugar and water so as to make what is called a toddy or sling.”

The court documents recognize toddies and slings as analogous to each other. In a case about the exact definition of a spirituous beverage, the court referred to the same drink as being called both a toddy or sling. Seventeen years later, Jerry Thomas would see toddies and slings as the same thing, and so did this court. This makes sense too. If you check out my Hot Toddy article, I describe how in the 18-century, toddies were used to administer medicines. Sling appears to be a later way of describing a toddy as a drink one throws back. I assume that this is perhaps due to how people often quickly drink medicine to avoid undesirable flavors. Etymologically the word sling entered English from the old Norse word “Slyngva,” which means to throw or knockdown, and this is the more common usage, but about the drink, the word sling comes from the German word “Schlingen,” which means to swallow. Webster’s American dictionary dates this usage of the word to have entered the American dialect around 1807.

The more popular Singapore Sling and Straits Sling bear no resemblance to the traditional sling. It seems they were referring to them as slings to be more for fun alliteration than to refer to how the drink should be consumed.

A Short History Of The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel In London.

In 1893, The American Bar at the Savoy hotel started serving American-style cocktails in London to the British upper class. The American Bar has always been a high-end bar but what set it on the map was when Harry Craddock became its head bartender in the 1920s. Harry Craddock was a British-born bartender who immigrated to the United States, eventually becoming a US citizen and head bartender of several high-end hotel bars. Still, Harry found himself out of work with the start of prohibition in 1920. He then immigrated back to England and became head bartender of the Savoy Hotel’s Bar. Harry transformed The American Bar from a high-end bar to one of the seminal cocktail bars of the 20th century. As the American prohibition was ending, the hotel realized it should record all of its most famous recipes and the innovations Harry brought to the bar. A year later, they published the Savoy Cocktail Book. Printed in 1934, the Savoy Cocktail Book documents the bar’s best recipes from the 1890s to the 1930s and stands as the pillar of prohibition-era European cocktail innovation. If Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders Guide is the best cocktail book the 1800s gave us, then The Savoy Cocktail Book is the best cocktail book of the first half of the 1900s. I don’t think I will ever be able to drink there, though. A cocktail cost around $250 there, and they have one that’s almost $1000, and I’m not the Amazon guy, so good thing we have their recipe book.

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Straits Sling

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

245

kcal
ABV

26%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Straits Sling Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Benedictine

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Kirschwasser

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 2 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

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Rose Cocktail No.3 – Recipe

Rose Cocktail (French Version)
Rose Cocktail (French Version)

What makes this the French version of the Rose is the use of currant as the sweetener. There are two versions of the Rose that came out of France in the late 1920s. The version in this app comes from the 1929 French cocktail book “Cocktails de Paris” by Georges Gabriel Thenon. The other is from “ABC of Mixing Cocktails” by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

All Rose cocktails have the same structure. One part cherry brandy, two parts French vermouth, and 1 part some sweet red fruity liquid. In the French version of the Rose, the sweet red fruit is currant, but Cocktails de Paris uses currant liqueur, and ABC of Mixing uses currant syrup. ABC of Mixing Cocktails credits Johnny Milta from the Chatham bar in Paris for inventing this cocktail, as does David A. Embury from “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.”

Although if you look at the recipe in Embury’s book, he claims the French one uses raspberry syrup, they use currant if you look at Thenon and MacElhone’s books. So who the hell knows what the truth is? They were all probably drunk or on drugs while they worked the bar.

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Rose (Currant Version)

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

25%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Cherry Liqueur
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

Notes

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