Santa Fe Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz Brandy
- 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1/4 oz Sirop de Citron
- 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Chill a cocktail glass. Shake all ingredients with ice cubes and strain into the chilled glass. Lemon twist garnish if you prefer.
|1919-1933 (Prohibition), Aperitif, South of the Border
|1.2 standard drinks
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