Rachel Maddow discovers what they are serving at the White House cocktail parties. Classic cocktails: the Emerson, the Stone Fence, the Robert Frost Cocktail. It looks like they have maraschino liquor and Plymouth Gin on the table in the photo that Rachel snuck. My confidence in the Union is restored by the presence of a man in the White House who drinks, drinks responsibly, and drinks tastefully. (That would likely keep me out of the White House but that is likely a good thing.)
Can't find a recipe for the Robert Frost Cocktail but here are the other two, as well as the ingredients Rachel listed for each:
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
- Glassware: Cocktail Glass
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
At the White House according to Rachel:
Old tom gin
- 2 ounces brandy (or applejack, or Scotch, or bourbon, or rye, or rum)
- hard cider
Pour the spirits into a pint glass; add two lumps of ice and fill with cider.
At the White House, according to Rachel:
Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
Finally the Robert Frost Cocktail, developed by Derek Brown, according to Rachel:
Using some basic principle of drink making, I have tried to sort out the proportions of The Robert Frost Cocktail.
I am not quite sure what it is supposed to taste like and I am pretty fond of the taste of all of the ingredients so who knows if this is what Washington luminaries (and Susan Mikula) drank at the white house but it's what we are drinking at my house tonight. Suffice to say, I could drink a couple few of them quite happily.
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. white port
3/4 oz. sherry
Muddle a sugar cube with two or three dashes of orange bitters and a little water in an old fashioned glass. (This is how my two favorite drinks, the old fashioned and the sazerac commence, so I figure it's a good way to start just about anything.) Add the other ingredients with a lot of ice and stir with a chop stick or mixing spoon. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Make pretend you are Susan Mikula, or David Axelrod, or someone else likely to attend a White House cocktail party.
Comments or real recipes for this drink (as well as an explanation of the Robert Frost connection) are welcome.
I finally found the real recipe for the Robert Frost on The Atlantic website.
Here it is:
The Robert Frost Cocktail
• ¾ oz. Bourbon
• ¾ oz. Amontillado Sherry (dry)
• ¾ oz. White Port
• ½ oz. Simple Syrup
• Dash of Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and add thinly sliced orange and lemon wheels.
I wouldn't have thought equal parts. But it works.