Dempsey Cocktail

Dempsey Cocktail

Dempsey Cocktail

2 Dashes Absinthe. (2/3 tsp. Verte de Fougerolles)
2 Dashes Grenadine. (2/3 tsp. Homemade)
1/2 Gin. (Generous 1 oz Bombay Gin)
1/2 Calvados. (Generous 1 oz Clear Creek Apple Brandy)

Shake (it would probably be more attractive stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass.

I’m not sure what Steve McCarthy, the proprietor of Clear Creek, will be more angry about, the crappy photo of his product or the fact that I used his Apple Brandy in this 1930s era “shooter”.

Anyway, I dropped my Mrs. Flannestad’s digital camera just before she was off for a trip to New York City. It seemed like the only civilized thing to do was to buy a new one and give her mine for the trip. Unfortunately, that means I’m stuck with my semi-working crappy old camera, which I also dropped about 2 years ago. At least until her new camera arrives. So you’ll have to bear with me for a couple kind of crap looking cocktails while I figure out if I can get this thing to work.

The Dempsey Cocktail is just booze. I assume it is named after boxer Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler.” In the general vicinity of the “Bunny Hug,” “Earthquake,” and “Hurricane,” compared to those potent concoctions, the Dempsey Cocktail is actually fairly enjoyable. There’s an almost “holiday” spiciness from the combination of flavors that I didn’t expect.

However, unless you want to be hugging the canvas later in the evening, I don’t recommend over indulging in Dempsey Cocktails.

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.

4 thoughts on “Dempsey Cocktail

  1. I’ve heard Steve McCarthy say on the radio that he doesn’t mind at all if people mix with his products. I forget the exact quote, but something along the lines of as long as you enjoy them, he’s happy. I’ve subbed Laird’s Applejack in a Dempsey and I thought it was pretty good. Even made more, but not ’til the next night. I’d love to try it with their apple brandy.

  2. I agree, the Dempsey, actually, is a surprisingly tasty cocktail.

    The Clear Creek Apple Brandy is good, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is closer to an Apple Eau-de-Vie than a Calvados. To me, young Calvados tastes more like hard cider, distilled. It has that hard cider funky taste. To me the Clear Creek tastes more like distilled apples.

  3. Yes, in fact, I really admire McCarthy for his ability to retain fruit flavor in all his products, which isn’t easy. Although I’m pretty sure his brandy is barrel aged [hmmm, it is, in two ages – I’m always slightly disappointed with the Calvados I’ve had, because I want it to taste like apples, but it doesn’t. Not remotely.

    As far as the ‘cider’ flavor, he’s using Golden Delicious, which would make a pretty insipid hard cider. Until Americans start drinking a hell of lot more hard cider, we aren’t going to see significant plantings of real cider varieties, like, say, in England or France.

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