One of our cocktail books taken out most often is Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh. This book is a treasure cove for fans of the American 1920’s cocktail era. Most recipes in the book are very valid also today, and ingredients are surprisingly available. There is a lot of background information on each cocktail presented in the book. Pictures are extra interesting, as they often show vintage bottles of the particular ingredients.
So we decided to try a rye-based cocktail from the book. “The Scofflaw” is a shaken cocktail with the following ingredients:
1,5 oz rye
1 oz dry vermouth
0,75 oz fresh lemon juice
0,75 oz real pomegranate grenadine
The taste is obviously a bit sweet thanks to the grenadine, but also rich and deep due to the rye. Color-wise the drink gets a red and brown tone, it looks really pleasant.
We used a high quality rye from Bulleit, and it worked perfectly in this cocktail!