Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wicked bad

We had cabin fever. We were rained in. It was a cold winter day with nothing to do. There was no sun to slip down past the yardarm - the sun hadn't been seen in days.

But it was cocktail time.

And we were feeling a little devilish! Here's a vintage cocktail from a great little book called - what else? - "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails," by Ted Haigh, or Dr. Cocktail, as he calls himself.

Satan's Whiskers

Mix equal parts of:
  • Dry vermouth
  • Sweet vermouth
  • Gin
  • Orange juice
  • Grand Marnier or Curacao (or Cointreau)*
Add a dash of Orange bitters

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into cocktail glasses.

*Made with Curacao or Cointreau, it's a Curly Satan's Whisker. The Curly version is a little edgier, and the bitters are more assertive. With Grand Mariner, it's a Straight Whisker, lending more smoothness and mellowness to the drink.


The wicked little figurine is a Mexican folk art piece by artist Carmela Martinez.


smalltownme said...

The cocktail and placemat look very sunny!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Oooh, I would love it with the Curacao.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We're going to hell in a handbasket!

Might as well enjoy the ride...

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Love the figurine!

I had a friend show up at my door (to pick up her son) and she said, "What are you doing? Can you make me a drink?" She had THAT kind of day, and I was happy to oblige; we had margaritas. :)

materfamilias said...

Hmmm, I think I have all the makings for that -- time to be a little devilish!

21 Wits said...

Nice touch with the devilish cat is it? Really like the man all bottled up too...and the drink looks mighty tempting!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I think I may have to rustle up one of these... my usuale cocktail is the negroni, but these will scratch that "bitter orange" itch.

Was your son able to get out of London?