Block and Fall Cocktail

Block and Fall Cocktail

1/6 Anis del Oso or Absinthe (1/2 oz Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe)
1/6 Calvados (1/2 oz Germain-Robin Apple Brandy)
1/3 Brandy (1 oz Korbel VSPOP)
1/3 Cointreau (3/4 oz Cointreau)

Shake (stir, please) well and strain into cocktail glass.

Another Savoy sweet-and-deadly in the style of the Between the Sheets. This one raises the ante slightly over the BTS by tossing some 140 proof Absinthe into the pot.

When reading through cocktail books, the name of this cocktail has often caught my eye and I’ve wondered what it meant.

Turns out, “Block and Fall” is another name for the rope and pulley device more commonly called, (at least in the US,) a “Block and Tackle”. Well, a couple of these will certainly get you “hoisted”.

Also, I found a reference to Prohibition (US) era speakeasies called “Block and Fall Joints”. According to some, these were the sorts of places serving low quality, high proof booze. Patrons would stop by for a cocktail, leave, walk a “block,” and “fall” into the gutter.

It’s actually a complex and interesting cocktail, everything is there and cooperating. I did slightly reduce the amount of Cointreau called for.

Don’t drink too many, if you want to make it home safely!

Edit – Oops! Forgot to include the picture!

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.