Well as inevitable as my celebration of recipes from the 'Cafe Royal' cocktail book, by W.J. Tarling spilling over into "Whiskey Wednesday" was, I might as well show another fantastic Bourbon Cocktail invented by Harry "The Dean" Johnson--easily one of the brightest stars in bartender history. Before I get to the recipe I will include another excellent quote from "Cafe Royal" about 'the kind of place that it was and the kind of people that would spend their time there:
"Was there a prank to play ? The Cafe Royal would be the stage. If Aubrey Beardsley would parade his pet skeleton, who played duets with him at the piano, it must be there; did a young actress just back from Spain want to try a new dance she could essay its steps on the table top at the Cafe. The greatest talkers were habitues, and with them bores were silent or found wit for the nonce. When Wilde, Whistler, Frank Harris and G. B. Shaw crossed verbal swords, when Yeats, Augustus John, Orpen and their crowd sat round the Cafe tables the new century's art shaped itself in the imaginations of the younger men."
Invented by Harry Craddock
2 Oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon
1 Oz French Vermouth
1 Oz Italian Vermouth
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass squeeze of lemon zest on top (drop in if you wish).