American Beauty

Adapted from The Stork Club Bar Book (1946)

In The Stork Club Bar Book, Lucius Beebe recommends drinking this little cocktail at noon, to “abate the grief of a stormy morning.” While it’s likely to wake you up, it may cause grief in some drinkers due to the fact that, in its original form, it tastes a lot like drinking fruit punch after brushing your teeth. See recommendations on bringing the drink into 2015 in the Editor’s Note.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1/2 ounce French vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 3 dashes white crème de menthe
  • port, to top

Directions
  1. Add crème de menthe, orange juice, grenadine, French vermouth and brandy to a shaking tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass and top with port.
Editor's Note

Crème de menthe is a bit of a bully here, so pull back on it, opting for a scant bar spoon for seasoning. Up the brandy to one ounce and consider swapping orange for lemon juice, which makes for a more texturally interesting drink, albeit one that is slightly drier.

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