Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Mule's Hind Leg

It's time to introduce Harry Craddock to the Firewater Lounge Lizards. Craddock, the author of the immortal 1930 Savoy Cocktail book, was one of the many American mixologists who bailed on the good ol' U.S. when she banned liquor sales during Prohibition. Craddock went on to make a name for himself at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1920. Craddock's Savoy Cocktail book is almost 300 pages of vintage drinks, some incredibly awesome and some freaking terrible. Either way, pouring them is an adventure that should be explored by anyone interested in early twentieth century drinking. As an example of a strange taste from the book, I give you the ultra-sweet Mule's Hind Leg. "Drink it quickly," as Harry would say, "while it is still laughing at you!"

The Mule's Hind Leg
Classic Pour Series

1 part gin
1 part Benedictine
1 part applejack
1 part maple syrup
1 part apricot brandy

Build in a double old fashioned glass. Stir. Garnish with cherries.

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