R.A.C. Special Cocktail.
2 Dashes Orange Bitters. (Angostura Orange Bitters)
1/4 French Vermouth. (1/2 oz Dolin French Vermouth)
1/4 Italian Vermouth. (1/2 oz Punt e Mes)
1/2 Dry Gin. (1 oz Plymouth Gin)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Squeeze orange peel on top.
Robert Vermeire has the following additional information in his book, Cocktails: How to Mix Them, “R.A.C. means Royal Automobile Club. This is the largest club in London, with over 16,000 members. (Recipe by Fred Faecks, 1914.)”
Unfortunately, I can find no trace of the honorable Fred Faecks on the Internet, so where he might have been bartending remains a mystery.
The Royal Automobile Club, on the other hand, is a bit less of a mystery.
If you know me, you know I enjoyed this cocktail. It is, after all, just a perfect Martini with an orange twist.
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.