Well this time working through our Old Man Drinks book we concentrated on ABCD drinks: the Aviator, Bronx Cocktail, the Clover Club and the Dubonnet. Naturally, they were all gin based drinks again as that seems to be the booze of choice in the good ole days. We’re getting better at them though and maybe we’re also getting a taste for it since we liked these better overall than most our prior gin mixology efforts. We also got to try some new things this round: Vermouth, Dubonnet — which is a red wine liqueur and egg whites!
So this drink we realized afterward we had already done earlier — and wouldn’t you know we liked it better this time! We don’t really know why. Maybe we had better ingredients or we poured it colder or we were just in a better mood but here’s how it lined up.
Appearance — 4 This has a very pretty appearance and the nicest fragrance of the four
Ease of Prep — 4 Not hard in any way
Taste — 3 This had the strongest gin taste
Overall – 3 plus.We decided we were glad we had repeated this. This would be a good drink to order to sip on during cocktail hour.
Loved the name of this — so visual of a time period. We thought this was decent, not our favorite but not bad either. Best of all it called for both sweet and dry vermouth which we liked getting to try.
Appearance — 3 Nothing wrong with it really but a little dull compared to the others
Ease of Prep — 4 Nothing tricky to it.
Taste — 3.5 This was Glen’s favorite. It has orange juice in it and he’s big on those refreshing drinks
Overall — 3.5 A nice drink that represents an era well.
This was the prettiest drink we’ve done so far! The picture doesn’t do it justice. And it has a raw egg white in it which helped make it so pretty. The one thing I thought was a little odd was the name of it. It seems like a drink called the Clover Club would be green. I would call this a Powder Puff. : )
Appearance — 5 The pink color was very inviting
Ease of prep — 4 Not hard but you did have to separate the egg
Taste — 4 Pretty yummy actually. This was Tea’s favorite of the four
Overall — A solid 4 plus We would make this again
We had a lot of fun with this drink. Dubonnet was a new liquor for us and we like bitters which was also an ingredient. Dubonnet is found in the wine section at the liquor store and reminded me of a port really. The clerk at the store told me its actually pretty popular. It made for a kind of sultry, sophisticated, date night drink when you mixed it all together.
Appearance — 4 Another pretty color drink. In fact even the color was a kind of “come hither red.”
Ease of prep — 4 Put everything together, give it a shake and serve
Taste — 4 This was my favorite of the four. I liked how the flavors seemed a little complicated.
Overall — Another solid 4 plus. We’ll make this again.
All four of these would be excellent choices for a cocktail party where you wanted a signature drink to serve and also wanted to show off just a tiny bit.
Here’s the recipes for our two favorites this round:
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces red Dubonnet
Dash on bitters
Combine liquid ingredients in shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.