Thursday, October 28, 2010

What We're Drinking: Satan's Whiskers for All Hallows Eve

When I read about the Satan's Whiskers in Harry Craddock's legendary Savoy Cocktail Book
(1930) several years ago I thought what a perfect drink for Halloween. For one it has a friggin' great  name. Second, it is orange in color, and third, the proportions are equal parts which are very easy to remember.

To the purist, it is a fancy version of the Bronx cocktail with orange curacao and orange bitters. To the layman, it is an orange flavored cocktail reminiscent of a vintage New York City street drink called the  Orange Julius - only spiked. Ice cold and potent, perfect for the fires of hell.

There are two variations of the Satan's Whiskers: "Curled" and "Straight."Real aficionados actually bother to ask for one or the other. The Curled calls for a curacao like a Cointreau or Combier Liquer d'Orange, straight is higher end with Grand Marnier.  Contrary to what you might think, the Curled version is my favorite iteration. It is lighter than the "Straight" which means I can have more than one of these bad boys.

Satan's Whiskers (Curled)
Satan's Whiskers

1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet vermouth 
1/2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz Cointreau (for Curled) or Grand Marnier (for Straight)
1 dash of Fee Brothers West Indian orange bitters
1 dash Regan's Orange bitters

Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer, Jigger, Swiss Peeler

Method: Combine ingredients in mixing tin, add ice and shake fr 10-15 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with orange twist. We recommend a clean crisp London Dry gin like Plymouth for this libation. Hendricks also works very well.

Where to get it: Louis 649 in NYC or Clover Club on Brooklyn

- Fredo

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