“Drinks of a Feather”? What kind of a title is that? It was maybe going to be “A Cocktail of Two Freddy’s” or “Better off Fred”. The possibilities were many but not endless.
The point we were going for was that the two drinks this time around were completely Fred based. First up, the Partridge Cocktail. Partridge is Fred’s last name and he’s insisted that we make this drink. The second drink is one of Fred’s own making called the Colonel’s Comfort.
As well as making and discussing these two drinks, the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure touch upon eggnog, muddling vs. macerating, cocktails at Hogwarts, Oliver Sachs and Jason goes on a bit of a rant about George Lucas! Don’t worry, he’s still a fan. It makes sense in context.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s commence to drinkin’.
First up is the Partridge Cocktail as served by Oscar Haimo and printed in his book, “Cocktail and Wine Digest, The Barmen’s Bible”. It turns out to be a very tasty and classy looking drink.
The Partridge Cocktail
-from Oscar Haimo’s “Cocktial and WIne Digest, The Barmen’s Bible, 1962 edition"
4 dashes Triple Sec
1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
2 ounces Rye
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Super easy right? The thing is, it tastes like you did so much more. Fred compared the drink to Rice Krispie Squares. The results are greater than the sum of their parts!
Fred’s drink though, “The Colonel’s Comfort” is exactly the sum of it’s parts. It is a delicious drink. Originally made as a punch for Fred’s wedding (25 years ago if anybody is interested) he has pared it down for this easy drinking delight.
The Colonel’s Comfort
-Fred Partridge 2016 with a nod to 1991
1 ounce Southern Comfort
1 ounce light Rum (Fred used Havana Club Añejo 3 Años)
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 peach slice
3 ounces sparkling wine
Muddle the peach slice in a big glass (at least 8 ounces) add your ice cubes, then add all the ingredients leaving the sparkling wine for last. Give it a light stir and you’re ready to go. Fred says you can garnish it with another peach slice and a maraschino cherry if you like, but he only adds them so he has something to eat!
Fred goes on to say that he’s thinking of tweaking the recipe a little bit more and this is what prompts Jason’s George Lucas rant. The drink is perfect! DON’T mess with anymore! Make a NEW drink!
Please try them both and leave a comment if you like. We thought you should drink the Colonel’s Comfort in the afternoon, and then switch to the Partridge Cocktail when you’d changed in to your evening clothes and gone out to the Club Obi Wan.
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A great selection of Absinthe for purchase.