American Beauty

American Beauty

1 Dash Crème de Menthe. (Brizard)
1/4 Orange Juice. (3/4 oz Fresh)
1/4 Grenadine. (3/4 oz homemade*)
1/4 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Noilly Prat Dry)
1/4 Brandy. (3/4 oz Korbel VSOP)

Shake well and strain into medium size glass and top with a little port wine (Warre’s Warrior Porto).

I didn’t really have a lot of hope for this cocktail but it really surprised me. Probably using the homemade grenadine and fresh orange juice is a big advantage, as they are in any cocktail. The touch of mint really does provide a little something else exotic.

Aside from being the title of a Grateful Dead album and the name of an old garden rose variety, “American Beauty Rose” was the name of a song published around 1910. Mostly, it’s one of those, “Yeah, girls from other countries can be kind of hot; but, I prefer my good old fashioned American Beauty Rose,” type songs. No idea if there is a connection.

*1 Cup Pomegranate Juice (Knudsen Just Pomegranate)
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Pomegranate Concentrate
1/4 Cup Vodka

Combine sugar with juice and shake until dissolved. Add Pomegranate Concentrate and Vodka.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

3 thoughts on “American Beauty

  1. Cool! Much better picture than mine. It certainly is a delicious cocktail, and one worth re-discovering.

    The Knudsen pomegranate juice I used in the grenadine was a bit cloudy, so this version of the grenadine was a bit dark, and thus the cocktail muddy. Next time I will use another more clear brand, and hope for the best.

  2. In my American beauty I use commercial grenadine. But I prefer use 1\3 grenadine and 2\3 gomme (sugar) syrup for bright color of coctail and no so sweet and artificial taste. I dream some times about homemade grenadine, but I am so lazy ;)

    And thanks for you warm words about foto. It was taken by my wife and I like it too.

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