The Dempsey cocktail has great depth. The gin’s botanicals compliment the fresh apple and woody spices of the Calvados (apple brandy) which is then completed with anise flavours of the absinthe. Lastly a touch of grenadine (pomegranate syrup) is used to round out the drink.
The Corpse Reviver No. 2 was first published in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book in the 1930s. Easy to remember but don’t underestimate the intricate flavours of this classic cocktail. Bold, bright and citrusy with a hint of sweet fennel.
The Turf looks like an improved wet Martini with the addition of Maraschino and Absinthe, although it actually pre-dates the modern Martini. The Maraschino adds just that little touch of sweetness and the absinthe, even though it’s just a couple of dashes, gives the drink a little earthiness. The oldest reference to this cocktail goes all the way back to Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual in 1882. Like a lot of cocktails from that time, it’s gone through some changes but is still a tasty drink.
The Emerald Old Fashioned is a fascinating riff on a traditional Old Fashioned. A smooth, sweeter style of Irish whiskey accompanies a touch of herbaceous Green Chartreuse and anise-flavours from Absinthe (the original recipe calls for Genepy, a French liqueur). Surprisingly smooth considering the compilation of liqueurs.
The Sazerac is one of America’s earliest cocktails and is native to New Orleans. Peychaud’s bitters is a key ingredient. It is a sweeter style bitters with a floral aroma. The Sazerac was originally made with cognac, but an insect epidemic destroyed many French vineyards and was cause to change to the readily available rye whiskey.