Trocadero Cocktail

Trocadero Cocktail
1 Dash Orange Bitters. (Angostura Orange)
1 Dash Grenadine. (Small Hand Foods Grenadine)
1/2 French Vermouth. (1 1/2 oz Dolin Dry)
1/2 Italian Vermouth. (1 1/2 oz Carpano Antica)
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass. Add cherry (Amarena Toschi Cherries) and squeeze lemon peel (or orange peel, if you’re out of lemons) on top.

Puzzlingly, Robert Vermeire notes the Trocadero is a, “Recipe of the Bremen Trocadero, 1910.”

I can’t find much information, there is a Trocadero Square in Bremen, Germany. Perhaps there was a club?

A pleasant, slightly sweet, mixture of Italian and French Vermouth, this is a nice, light diversion. Not earth shaking, but then, sometimes a drink doesn’t need to be.

As someone who has self medicated with alcohol for all of my adult life, I often wonder if I can teach myself new tricks.

I mean, sure, I haven’t been a truly bad dog for a number of years, but at some point in middle age isn’t a path towards more moderation a good idea?

My father-in-law recently mentioned, perhaps concerned about my recent dabbling in bartending, that as people he knew grew older, they either slowed down their drinking or tended to fall off the deep end.

But as someone who hasn’t believed in the existence of a higher power beyond the awestruck beauty of the random universe since high school, there won’t be any church basement meetings in my near future. I did my time in churches when I was growing up. I won’t be taking those 12 easy steps back into the chapel.

I mean, oddly, I do often see the groups of whatever Anonymous on their path from one meeting to another during my morning commute. Clutching their booklets filled with meeting schedules and locations. Glancing about nervously, concerned for the well being of their fellow man, and whether they will make it to the next meeting on time.

I do sometimes think they are better people, more caring, than the rest of us jaded commuters. They are certainly more willing to help a homeless person in need.

Maybe I have just been too lucky. I haven’t (so far) lost a house, a job, or a marriage because of my drinking.

Some time in our 30s, Michele and I decided having a few “alcohol-free days” a week would be a good idea.

Since then, we generally try to have at least 3 dry days a week, used to be Sunday through Tuesday.

This had been working pretty well until I started bartending on Sunday nights. Let’s just say, some bartenders drink more than others while they’re working, and they don’t like to drink alone.

And while it is easy to resist, say, the challenge to chug bottles of Pabst, when someone asks me if I would like to have a taste of some very tasty rum or whiskey with them, I do have a hard time saying, “no”. Weakness or character flaw on my part, I know.

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.

5 thoughts on “Trocadero Cocktail

  1. The drink looks good.

    Your comments regarding worrying about drinking are similar to what I’ve received. My father has, more than once, told me that he’s concerned about how often he sees me talking about having a cocktail online. I’ve explained on each of those occasions that “a cocktail” for me is usually no more than 2-3 ounces of booze and that’s usually the end of the night. It’s not half-a-bottle binge-drinking.

    I always try to keep track of my tippling because it is often helpful to have that kind of information handy for health professionals and family – and just for piece of mind. I suspect most people who develop a problem don’t see that they’re crossing a line until they’re well past it.

    I’ve been booze-free (minus straw testing drinks at the bar) since August thanks to my wonky pancreas. I’m hoping that when the docs finish poking and prodding me I’ll be able to resume at least a modified schedule, possibly at a 4 or even 5 night a week abstinence to keep everything running. I could live without cocktails if I had to (as the past 2 months have shown), but I’d really prefer to at least be able to enjoy a good Sazerac, Manhattan, Mai Tai or Daiquiri from time to time.

    OK, enough rambling. Good post, Erik.

  2. Place du Trocadéro is also a huge historical/tourist site in Paris located right across the Siene from the Eiffel tower. A great place to chill that definitely deserves a cocktail by its name.

  3. I like that you brought up the dry days. I think anyone who works in this industry needs to keep perspective on that. I just try to remember yin and yang.

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