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Friday, October 19, 2012

Vintage Happy Hour with Jenny Q: Satan's Whiskers

Fall is in evidence everywhere you look, Halloween is just around the corner, and we're going to be celebrating our newest release, At the Sign of the Jack O' Lantern, with two spooky Vintage Happy Hours this month! First up, a devilish twist on the Bronx martini with an air of mystery surrounding its origins: Satan’s Whiskers.

The Satan's Whiskers cocktail first appeared in print in 1930 in Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book, and it appears in two variations, depending on whether your vision of Satan has a straight beard or a curly one. If you're going for straight, make it with Grand Marnier; if you like yours curly, make it with orange curaçao.

½ oz gin
½ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz dry vermouth
½ oz fresh orange juice
2 tsp Grand Marnier or orange curaçao
1 tsp orange bitters

Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

So we have a bit of a mystery with this week's selection. The main reason I chose Satan's Whiskers was for that wicked name! But also because our newest release, At the Sign of the Jack O' Lantern, features a devilish cat by the name of Claudius Tiberius, so I thought the selection doubly apt. But it turns out nobody knows how the drink got its name! The Embassy Club, a happening Hollywood Prohibition Era night spot, is popularly credited for the recipe, but no one seems to know who decided to call it Satan's Whiskers, and why. So as we're kicking back this weekend, enjoying the fall weather and a fortifying beverage, we'll be contemplating the mystery of Satan's Whiskers. Join us?

Eat, drink, and be scary!

Photo Credit: Michelle Leon,, Houston Culture Map

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