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Santa Fe Cocktail

Chill a cocktail glass.  Shake all ingredients with ice cubes and strain into the chilled glass.  Lemon twist garnish if you prefer.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Cocktail
Tags 1919-1933 (Prohibition), Aperitif, South of the Border
Proof 42.5
Strength 1.2 standard drinks
Glass Cocktail Glass
Temp Cold

While searching for a cocktail to use my Sirop de Citron in I came across the Santa Fe Cocktail at 12 Bottle Bar.  There I learned that they had done a variation on this cocktail substituting Sirop de Citron for lemon juice which is in the original recipe.  For reference, here is the original recipe from the Playboy Bartender's Guide.

  • 1.5 oz brandy
  • .5 oz grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Shake well with ice.  Strain into a prechilled sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.

Note the sugared rim (which I also found a reference to in Jones' Complete Barguide).  I suspect the sugar is on the rim to counter the lemon juice which is not paired with a sweetener in the drink.  This original recipe sounds very interesting and I will have to try it sometime.  But I tried the 12 Bottle Bar variation with the following results.

At first I thought it was a little flat.  Maybe it was my Sirop?  It is homemade and seems to have plenty of zip to it.  Or maybe my grapefruit juice?

I have found bitters almost always make cocktails better for me - especially when I can make grapefruit juice more interesting with it's namesake bitters from the Bitter Truth.  This is a neat trick with a cocktail if you have a complementary bitters available.

Juice in a drink works in tropical or Tiki drinks, rocks or Boat drinks.  Orange and grapefruit juice in a cocktail can flatten them out for me - it's just a personal thing.  So a dash or two of orange or grapefruit bitters (respectively) snaps up these types of cocktails for me nicely.  This is especially helpful in cocktails which consist of 3-5 oz of liquid that will warm rather quickly (warm juice - yuck).

So I have added grapefruit bitters to my variation of the Santa Fe Cocktail.  Let me know what you think.

Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Camus VS Cognac, Dolin dry vermouth, Simply Grapefruit, homemade Sirop de Citron and Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters. 7/4/2012

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