The Savoy Project Day Twelve – Alexander’s Sister 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 Mark used in parenthesis next to the ingredient.
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
Ladies are advised to avoid this Cocktail as often as possible.
The author’s note at the bottom of this cocktail has never failed to entertain me, and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s the insinuation that it’s not the most pleasant, or the much more likely insinuation that women of the era were brazen hussies who couldn’t be trusted when they imbibed mother’s ruin.
As mentioned in the Alexander Cocktail (No. 1) – creme de menthe seems like an odd choice to pair with gin. These heavier, sweeter liqueurs tend to muddle and overwhelm the botanicals of gin. This is especially true when you end up mixing with equal parts of each ingredient. What you end up with – especially if you’re using the heavier shit-bag creme de menthes available in your local liquor store – is something that is primarily dominated by mint and… and well that’s about it.
Shitloads of mint. If the goal of a cocktail is balance, this certainly does NOT have it.