Torpedo Cocktail

First, just a reminder that this Sunday, September 26, 2010, is our monthly exercise in folly, Savoy Cocktail Book Night at Alembic Bar. If any of the cocktails on this blog have captured your fancy, stop by after 6 and allow the skilled bartenders (and me) to make them for you. It is always a fun time.

Torpedo Cocktail
1 Dash Gin. (1 Dash Krogstad Aquavit)
1/3 Brandy. (1 oz Pellehaut Armagnac Reserve)
Shake (I stirred) well and strain into cocktail glass.

With this completely confusing cocktail, we return to our regularly scheduled Savoy Cocktail Blogging.

So, is the “dash” of gin tempering the merger of the Brandy and Calvados? Indeed, what is the point, at all, of a “dash” of gin?

I dunno, the idea just made no sense to me.

On the other hand, Calvados and Aquavit make A LOT of sense to me, so I used that combination instead.

With Aquavit, this isn’t awful, at least with the ridiculously top shelf spirits in question.

Would it be equally tantalizing, cough, with Christian Brothers Brandy, Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, and Tanqueray Gin?

No, not at all.

Is it more likely that it would have been made with something like that when the recipe was originated?


Well, there is only so much I will do for “historical verisimilitude”, so sue me.

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.