The Savoy Project Day Five – After Dinner Cocktail
The Savoy Project is an online chronicle of Cocktails, 365 editor Mark A. Vierthaler’s quest to make every single cocktail in The Savoy Cocktail Book. Each recipe contains the original recipe as it appeared in the book, as well as which brand I used in parenthesis next to the ingredient.
- 1/2 Prunelle Brandy
- 1/2 Cherry Brandy
- 4 Dashes Lemon Juice
Shake well and strain into a chilled Sherry glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
The first thing to note is the mysterious “Prunelle Brandy” found in the ingredients list above.
As much as it may sound like a laxative, it’s nothing quite so crass. The natural inclination is to also think that it’s some of prune brandy.
And, it sort of is.
Prunelle Brandy is actually a brandy made from sloe berries, which are close relatives to plums. So, in essence, the flavor is one of plum. Thankfully there are a handful of prunelle brandies now on the market in the US. However if you (like me) cannot get your hands on them, you can make a close approximation at home.
For prunelle, take 1 oz of brandy and 0.5 oz of sloe gin and combine them in the drink.
Be aware – this drink does swing quite a bit sweeter. (Being an after dinner cocktail and all.) I would recommend boosting your lemon juice a bit to help cut through some of the heaviness of the drink. It becomes much more balanced that way.