Thursday, January 8, 2009

Frank of Huntington

Well Monday is day off/ laundry/ cocktail day. My friend Frank comes over, we have a drink or 2, go to the laundry mat, have some snacks, have a few more-- you get the idea.
This week Frank said, in response to my query "What do you want to drink?"; "Some kind of old style Champagne cocktail-- something some the affluent (i think he actually said "Thomas Wolf, in North Carolina" but i knew what he meant) would have on a veranda somewhere in the old days, before breakfast-- with brandy and bubbles."

Initially i wanted to make a Corpse Reviver #2 because-- well because it is a fantastic drink, but since it had no brandy or no bubbles (#1 has brandy but no bubble, and is not as fantastic anyways..), so i improvised...

1 Jigger Brandy
1 Pony Curacao, Chilled, and strained in to a champagne flute
Fill with Cava (Spanish sparkling wine made in the method champenois), and
2 dashes orange bitters

Now this drink was very tasty, and even though i made it up on the fly i was sure that it had to exist somewhere, so i looked in several trusty books, and a couple of websites and the closest drink i found was this (from

William Of Orange Cocktail

1 3/4 oz brandy (5 cl, 7/16 gills)
3/4 oz orange curacao (2 cl, 3/16 gills)
3 dashes orange bitters
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)

Which is essentially the same drink--served in a champagne flute, and filled with Cava.. SO i call the drink 'Frank of Huntington'!!

try one today for breakfast!!!