Soul Kiss Cocktail (No. 2)

Soul Kiss Cocktail (No. 2)

1/6 Orange Juice. (1/2 oz Orange Juice)
1/6 Dubonnet. (1/2 oz Dubonnet Rouge)
1/3 French Vermouth. (1 oz Carpano Antica)
1/3 Canadian Club Whisky. (1 oz Thomas Handy Rye Whiskey)
1 Slice of Orange.

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Uh, oops, it appears I misremembered the type of vermouth in this cocktail while making it and didn’t notice until now.

Shoot, I blame the lovely, funky, music from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, along with a strange tendency to make Rye Whiskey Cocktails which call for Dry Vermouth with Sweet Vermouth.

I have the same problem with the Brooklyn. Every time I think about making it, I try to remember, this cocktail is made with Dry Vermouth. But then every time I make it, somehow Sweet Vermouth ends up in the mixing glass. It’s just weird. Then I make a Brooklyn correctly, and think, yep, you know, I prefer this with Sweet Vermouth. Just like the Old Pal vs. the Boulevardier.

I will note that, as with most cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book calling for “Canadian Club”, the source recipe for this cocktail, “Harry’s ABC,” calls for Rye Whiskey, not Canadian. And I think that is the correct choice.

This was a rather popular drink among those who tried it. “Tastes like a Manhattan,” was one comment, and they asked for the recipe. I really liked it, as well. It is a kind of fruity, but not too fruity, Manhattan.

Anecdote: Last Savoy night, one of the servers ordered a “Soul Kiss Cocktail” without specifying 1 or 2. Tim asked me which to make. I said, “No 2 has Rye Whiskey, that’s the one I would make. In fact, I would go so far as to call that a defining philosophy. If it has whiskey, it is the right choice.” He agreed.

Most importantly, should you order this cocktail during the next Savoy Night at Alembic Bar, May 23rd, 2010? Well, damn. If you order it from me, there’s still a fighting chance that I will again have a brain fart and make it with Italian Vermouth instead of Dry Vermouth. Probably one of the more competent Alembic bartenders will make it “correctly”. You might have to take your chances with this one. Pretty sure it is a good cocktail either way.

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.