Yellow Rattler Cocktail

First, just a reminder that Sunday, Feb 27, 2011, 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.

Thus begins the countdown to the last “Cocktail”.

Say it with me, “TEN!”

Yellow Rattler Cocktail
1/4 Orange Juice. (3/4 oz Fresh Orange Juice)
1/4 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Perucchi White Vermouth)
1/4 Italian Vermouth. (3/4 oz Carpano Antica)
1/4 Dry Gin. (3/4 oz Anchor Genevieve Gin)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass, with small crushed pickled onion.

In his 1922 book, “Cocktails: How to Mix Them,” Robert Vermeire notes, “This Cowboy’s cocktail is similar to the Cooperstown Cocktail, but, a small bruised white onion is used instead of the bruised fresh mint sprigs.”

I guess your average Cowboy Bar didn’t have, say, Mint around, so instead, they’d substitute a pickled onion. Makes TOTAL sense to me.


Uh, anyway, this is pretty much a Bronx cocktail with a pickled onion as a garnish.

As such, not entirely awful, and to be honest, the Anchor Genevieve, hey, Cowboy Gin if there ever was one, goes a long way towards salvaging this cocktail.

Still, unless you REALLY like pickled onions, its not one of those things that you’re probably going to be making any time soon.

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.

4 thoughts on “Yellow Rattler Cocktail

  1. Ten left?

    It’s been awesome. But what happens when it’s over? Wait 100 years and do the Mr. Boston’s cover to cover? You’ll need to raise the funds to be stored next to Ted Williams and Walt Disney….

    (I’d delete this comment without posting, but I’ve had three Tiki drinks and have been doing creepy looking photography of them in the basement bar. Hitting Submit now!)

  2. Wow, I didn’t realize the end was near. I figured you were going to do all the fixes, shrubs, and punches as well! But obviously every post says the Zed is gonna be the last one.

    Well, I hope you’ve got your Hercules recipe down pat so that last cocktail will be one to remember!

    • I still haven’t decided about the rest of the book. Definitely taking a break from cocktails for a while. As far as the rest of recipes go, I feel like a different strategy may be in order, so I don’t end up making 50 fizzes in a row. Maybe randomizing the remaining recipes or getting others more involved. Fizz party, anyone? We shall see.

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