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Friday Cocktail

Moulin Rouge

Buvez à votre santé with this Friday’s cocktail, the Moulin Rouge.

Built in the 1880s, the Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret in Montmartre, a bohemian section of Paris, made famous by artists, such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.  The nightclub is still a tourist attraction today and iconically known for the “red mill” lighting up its exterior by night.

But what of the cocktail?  This is a curious thing.  In the 1964 edition of the Mr. Boston de Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide, the recipe simply calls for Sloe Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and bitters.  However, a search for more about the drink’s origins yielded a more complex recipe and history.  Musings on Cocktails refers to this drink as a “forgotten cocktail”, and indeed it is, considering the ingredients listed for it are: apricot brandy (or more correctly, an eau de vie or Apricot liqueur), lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine.  See post here for the full story and recipe.

Below is today’s more commonly known version:

What you’ll need:  Sloe Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and bitters

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 2 ounces of Sloe Gin, 1 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth, and 3 dashes of bitters.  Optionally, add a 1/2 ounce of lemon juice.  Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass of choice.

How I like it:  This is difficult to say.  I generally prefer the original recipe, which would be difficult to try as orange gin is not a readily available ingredient.  As a nod to the original, I added lemon juice.  The drink remains an orange-flavored concoction that is easy to sip, or gulp, on either a quiet evening at home or perhaps on an evening out with live entertainment.

Buvez, responsable…à consommer avec modération…

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