Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

The first Savoy Cocktail Book night of 2009 will be taking place this Sunday, January 25th, at Alembic Bar in the Upper Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.

On these nights, Alembic puts away its regular menu and (mostly) only makes drinks from Harry Craddock’s classic, “Savoy Cocktail Book”.

Stop bye any time after 4 PM, or so, and treat yourself to a Liberty or some other similarly celebratory themed cocktail.  Or just ask for a delicious Magnolia beer and chat with us as we attempt to hone our page turning and alphabetical skills.

Hope to see you there!

As always, for up-to-date information on events at Alembic, check out their blog: Alembic Bar

K.C.B Cocktail

KCB Cocktail

K.C.B. Cocktail

1 Dash Apricot Brandy. (1/3 tsp. Rothman & Winter Orchard vs. Haus Alpenz Blumme Marillen)
1 Dash Lemon Juice. (1/3 tsp. Lemon Juice)
1/4 Kirsch. (1/2 oz Trimbach Kirsch)
3/4 Dry Gin. (1 1/2 oz North Shore Distiller’s No. 6)

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Patrick Gavin Duffy suggests you, “Stir well in ice and strain. Twist of Lemon Peel.” I tried it both ways, and to be honest, I’m not sure the stirring matters that much, (I know I should have double strained,) but I do suggest you follow his advice for the lemon peel.

Among the possibly meanings of “K.C.B.” is that of the Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Oddly, it does appear, to mean literally “bath” as in bathing.

The second highest order of chivalry in England. The title of the Order is late medieval in origin, it arose from the ritual washing (inspired by the ritual of baptism), a symbol of spiritual purification, followed by a night of prayer and meditation before the Knights of the Bath attended the mass and then receive there accolade. Medieval knights frequently carried out there vigil of fasting, prayer and purification in the Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist in the Tower of London. There is an account of this ceremony in the reign of King Henry IV which remained until the time of King Charles II.

More information on wikipedia: Order of the Bath

Pretty serious stuff!

Ahem, well, it’s too bad for Humuhumu we didn’t make it to this drink in Portland, as there is no trace of vermouth!

I tried it with both Apricot Liqueur and Apricot Eau-de-Vie. There’s so little volume, that the liqueur had very little impact in the cocktail. The Eau-de-Vie seemed to contribute more. If you’ve got it around, I’d suggest it.

Though, I don’t know who to suggest making this cocktail for. Maybe lovers of Super Extra Dry Gin Martinis looking for a little spice in their cocktail life?

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.