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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.

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The Scofflaw

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!

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