Sunshine Cocktail (No. 1)

Sunshine Cocktail (No. 1)
1 Dash Angostura Bitters.
1/3 Italian Vermouth. (3/4 oz Carpano Antica)
2/3 Dry Gin. (1 1/2 oz Ransom Old Tom)
1 Lump of Ice.
Shake (I stirred) well and strain into medium size glass. Squeeze orange peel on top.

Generally the inclusion of “1 Lump Ice” is an indication of a 19th Century Cocktail source, Jerry Thomas or similar, but I couldn’t turn this up in any likely books.

Anyway, I’ve lately been telling everyone I need to mix more with the Ransom Old Tom gin to get a better handle on its properties. This seemed like a fine excuse, being nothing other than a simplified Martinez.

And, yeah, it is quite tasty. I suppose I kind of missed the Maraschino (or Curacao) included in more elaborate recipes for the Martinez, but still, quite nice. And it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as interesting with Dry Gin.

Was having some meter/battery related problems with the camera, thus the rather Noir appearance of the photo. Suggest wearing a trench coat, packing a heater, and serving this one to a dame, naughty or nice, your choice.

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.

6 thoughts on “Sunshine Cocktail (No. 1)

  1. For the longest time, I’ve been drinking a concoction of my own (or so I thought) that’s basically the same thing as this. And yet, there are a half dozen recipes that are nigh the same as this as well. I guess I’ll make a post about it soon, and present them all.

  2. Sounds tasty! And I like the photo… it also reminds me that I was curious where your lovely mixing glasses come from. That’s what my husband wanted to get me for my birthday and it didn’t go so well. I ended up with one not quite so pretty and the size is somewhere between that which you could actually use a hawthorne strainer with and a martini pitcher… it’s odd and I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

    • Hi Melissa!

      I got these from Cocktail Kingdom, a great source for barware and cocktail books.

      Barware, Mixing Glasses, Yarai Mixing Glass.

      Note: I’m told the “Seamless” Yarai glass is not tempered. I have the plain Yarai glass, which I’ve been told IS tempered. I still don’t put it through the dishwasher.

      • Thanks Erik!

        Not only can I purchase the glass we were really looking for they also appear to sell the extra large glass I have and suggest a strainer for it… tempting!

  3. Hi Erik,

    I love your blog and thanks for the Cocktail Kingdom link. I’m glad you had camera issues-great photo!

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