West Indian Cocktail
1 Teaspoonful Sugar in medium-sized Tumbler. (1 teaspoon Small Hand Foods Gum)
4 Dashes Angostura. (4 dashes angostura bitters)
1 Teaspoonful Lemon Juice. (1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice)
1 Glass Burrough’s Beefeater Gin. (2 oz Beefeater Gin)
1 Lump of ice.
Stir and serve in same glass.
Oddly, we run into a spate of “West Indian” attributed cocktails in the Double Youse. This one appears to originate in Harry McElhone’s 1928 “ABC of Cocktails”.
I also like the rather large proportion of bitters given for this recipe. 4 Dashes! Woo!
Gives lie to those that say, “If you can taste the bitters, it is a bad cocktail.”
In the West Indian Cocktail, the bitters are a major flavor element of the cocktail.
Others might disagree, but I rather enjoyed it, not at all dissimilar to something along the lines of the ‘Ti Punch. Like that drink, I could see how this would be pleasant on a hot day in the West Indies, preferably with the trade winds blowing up, and a bit of salt sea spray in the air.
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.