McClelland Cocktail

McClelland Cocktail

McClelland Cocktail

1 Dash Absinthe. (1/3 tsp. Kübler Absinthe)
1/3 Curacao. (3/4 oz Bols Dry Orange Curaçao. Thanks Philip!)
2/3 Sloe Gin. (1 1/2 oz Lindisfarne Sloe Gin)

Shake (or stir?) well and strain into cocktail glass.

You would think this would be pretty darn close to undrinkable. It is pretty inky. However, the bitterness and sweet tart nature of the Sloe Gin puts it not far from a Late Bottle Vintage Port. An enjoyable combination of flavors, but definitely an after dinner drink.


The last time I was in England I stopped at Gerry’s Wines & Spirits and asked about Plymouth Sloe Gin. Unfortunately, they were out of stock at the time. They suggested perhaps trying the Lindisfarne and whispered, “it’s better anyway.” I dunno if it is better, but it is more intensely Sloe flavored.

Interestingly, Lindisfarne is a tidal island only accessible by boat or by road just some of the time.

A TIDAL ISLAND: Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a long causeway. Twice each day the tide sweeps in from the North Sea and covers the road. Tide times and heights can be accurately predicted from the phases of the Moon. Severe weather can produce offsets, particularly with strong winds from the North and Northeast. The causeway crossing times are forecasted ‘safe’ crossing times. Nevertheless, travellers should remain vigilant if crossing near the extremeties.

Apparently, Lindisfarne also played an important role in the Christian Church’s early days in England somewhere around 635 AD.

The Golden Age of Lindisfarne: The period of the first monastery is referred to as the “Golden Age” of Lindisfarne. Aidan and his monks came from the Irish monastery of Iona and with the support of King Oswald (based at nearby Bamburgh) worked as missionaries among the pagan English of Northumbria. In their monastery they set up the first known school in this area and introduced the arts of reading and writing, the Latin language and the Bible and other Christian books (all in Latin). They trained boys as practical missionaries who later went out over much of England to spread the Gospel.

Not sure which McClelland this cocktail might refer to. Joe McClelland seems like an English possibility. McClelland Barclay seems like a good American possibility.

Or perhaps George B. McClelland, aka Diamond Dick?

“DIAMOND DICK” IS DEAD.; George B. McClelland, Known to Boys as Hero of Many a Dime Novel.

NY Times
December 16, 1911, Saturday

Page 18, 380 words

OGDENSBURG, N.Y., Dec. 15. — Word was received here to-day of the death last night in Kansas of George B. McClelland, better known as “Diamond Dick,” famous in dime novel lore, from injuries received in being run down by a train while driving over a railroad crossing.

I guess my money’s on the last…

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.