Scofflaw, take 2

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Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey, 1 oz dry vermouth, 1/2 oz grenadine, 1/4 oz lemon juice, 2 dashes bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I know I tried, and really liked, the original scofflaw cocktail; but I enjoy this modernized version of the recipe even more. It’s light and refreshing with just enough sweetness.

Scofflaw, take 2

Source: Liquor.com

Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey, 1 oz dry vermouth, 1/2 oz grenadine, 1/4 oz lemon juice, 2 dashes bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I know I tried, and really liked, the original scofflaw cocktail; but I enjoy this modernized version of the recipe even more. It’s light and refreshing with just enough sweetness.

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Night and Day
Ingredients: 3/4 oz each of rye, sweet vermouth, and brandy, 1/2 oz maple syrup, 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters and 1 dash Angostura bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a glass over ice.
Source: Mr. Boston
Honestly, I don’t remember anything about this cocktail. But considering I switched out most of the ingredients for something else, maybe I don’t have the right to judge it anyway. I have a feeling it was probably too strong for me.

Night and Day

Ingredients: 3/4 oz each of rye, sweet vermouth, and brandy, 1/2 oz maple syrup, 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters and 1 dash Angostura bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a glass over ice.

Source: Mr. Boston

Honestly, I don’t remember anything about this cocktail. But considering I switched out most of the ingredients for something else, maybe I don’t have the right to judge it anyway. I have a feeling it was probably too strong for me.

Saratoga cocktail (Jerry Thomas)
Ingredients: Equal parts brandy, rye whiskey, and dry vermouth, plus 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Source: Mr. Boston
There are actually two Saratoga cocktails: one named after Saratoga, NY, and invented by Harry Johnson; the other named after Saratoga Springs and invented by Jerry Thomas. I’m not sure why this cocktail turned out so red-colored, but it tasted like a combination of a manhattan and a metropolitan.

Saratoga cocktail (Jerry Thomas)

Ingredients: Equal parts brandy, rye whiskey, and dry vermouth, plus 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Source: Mr. Boston

There are actually two Saratoga cocktails: one named after Saratoga, NY, and invented by Harry Johnson; the other named after Saratoga Springs and invented by Jerry Thomas. I’m not sure why this cocktail turned out so red-colored, but it tasted like a combination of a manhattan and a metropolitan.

Benedict 
Ingredients: 1 oz Benedictine, 3 oz whiskey. Stir with ice and strain into a glass with ice; top with ginger ale.
Source: The Cocktail Bible
I think this cocktail absorbed the last of my Benedictine. Sadface. Anyway, it sounds great, doesn’t it? How can you go wrong with Benedictine AND whiskey AND ginger ale? In actuality, though, it reminded me of a horse’s neck. As in, it made me wish I was drinking a horse’s neck. Whomp-whomp. It was the whiskey that did it; I should have just added Benedictine and left it at that.

Benedict 

Ingredients: 1 oz Benedictine, 3 oz whiskey. Stir with ice and strain into a glass with ice; top with ginger ale.

Source: The Cocktail Bible

I think this cocktail absorbed the last of my Benedictine. Sadface. Anyway, it sounds great, doesn’t it? How can you go wrong with Benedictine AND whiskey AND ginger ale? In actuality, though, it reminded me of a horse’s neck. As in, it made me wish I was drinking a horse’s neck. Whomp-whomp. It was the whiskey that did it; I should have just added Benedictine and left it at that.

Kentucky colonel cocktail
Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz Benedictine. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass; add a lemon twist.
Source: Mr. Boston
This cocktail seems very similar to several of the cocktails I’ve tried recently. Another case of a garnish making a “new” cocktail? Hm. Anyway, my dad took one sip of this and started wheezing. You’ve been warned.

Kentucky colonel cocktail

Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz Benedictine. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass; add a lemon twist.

Source: Mr. Boston

This cocktail seems very similar to several of the cocktails I’ve tried recently. Another case of a garnish making a “new” cocktail? Hm. Anyway, my dad took one sip of this and started wheezing. You’ve been warned.

Goldrush
Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1 oz honey syrup (1/2 honey, 1/2 water. Just combine in a measuring cup and stir). Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: Mr. Boston
Mmmm, honey. This is basically a twist on a daiquiri, but with bourbon. Yum, right? I thought so. I especially liked how the honey tasted with the bourbon. Pretty dang good.

Goldrush

Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1 oz honey syrup (1/2 honey, 1/2 water. Just combine in a measuring cup and stir). Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: Mr. Boston

Mmmm, honey. This is basically a twist on a daiquiri, but with bourbon. Yum, right? I thought so. I especially liked how the honey tasted with the bourbon. Pretty dang good.

Brighton punch
Ingredients: 3/4 oz each: brandy, bourbon, and Benedictine; 2 oz orange juice, 1 oz lemon juice. Shake with ice and pour the whole thing into a tall glass; top with club soda.
Source: Mr. Boston.
I don’t think I’m a fan of orange and lemon juice being in the same place together; for some reason it always turns me off. I also found that the orange juice overpowered the taste of everything else in the drink. Not my fave.

Brighton punch

Ingredients: 3/4 oz each: brandy, bourbon, and Benedictine; 2 oz orange juice, 1 oz lemon juice. Shake with ice and pour the whole thing into a tall glass; top with club soda.

Source: Mr. Boston.

I don’t think I’m a fan of orange and lemon juice being in the same place together; for some reason it always turns me off. I also found that the orange juice overpowered the taste of everything else in the drink. Not my fave.

Monte Carlo
Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey (okay, I used bourbon, I’ll admit it. It was rye bourbon, though), 1/2 oz Benedictine, 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: Mr. Boston
This is sort of like a manhattan made with Benedictine. So far I haven’t been completely blown away by any Benedictine cocktail recipe. This one was okay, but Benedictine really does seem to go the best with brandy.

Monte Carlo

Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey (okay, I used bourbon, I’ll admit it. It was rye bourbon, though), 1/2 oz Benedictine, 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: Mr. Boston

This is sort of like a manhattan made with Benedictine. So far I haven’t been completely blown away by any Benedictine cocktail recipe. This one was okay, but Benedictine really does seem to go the best with brandy.

Pendleton sidecar
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Pendleton whiskey, 3/4 oz triple-sec, 1/4 oz lemon juice. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: pendletonwhisky.com
I couldn’t resist trying this recipe for a whiskey sidecar, but it didn’t have that balance of tart, sweet, and strong I look for in a sidecar.

Pendleton sidecar

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Pendleton whiskey, 3/4 oz triple-sec, 1/4 oz lemon juice. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: pendletonwhisky.com

I couldn’t resist trying this recipe for a whiskey sidecar, but it didn’t have that balance of tart, sweet, and strong I look for in a sidecar.