Saturday, December 4

Alabama Cocktail

This drink is really interesting.

Alabama Cocktail:
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. (or two barspoons) simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Orange curacao
  • 1 1/2 oz. Brandy
Shake well and strain into 3 oz. Cocktail glass.

The very first thought I had at looking at this drink was "Sidecar", perhaps the finest drink known to mankind. The reason why I had that thought was that all of the ingredients are the same. What's really interesting is that this thing tastes nothing like a Sidecar.

It might be obvious, but I think that these two drinks can teach you everything there is to know about what makes a good drink and what makes a terrible one, and the importance of being precise in your measurements. The Sidecar is delicious. This is...not. Again, not undrinkable, but I wouldn't ever consider this one "good". It's like a sour glass of brandy. It's harsh. Same ingredients, different ratio, completely different outcome. Where the Sidecar is balanced and terrific, this drink is a mess.

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