Got the blues?
Maybe the economy has you down, the political climate depresses you, or you’re just sad because it’s Monday, there’s ample reason to feel a little blue these days. Now I would never prescribe liquor as a treatment for passing sadness (go do something fun instead!), a couple of drinks Martha and I have enjoyed lately seem like the perfect thing for the blues. Because they’re blue. Yeah.
Both drinks come from the invaluable Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum Cocktail to the Zombie by Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail.
- 2 oz blended whiskey (Crown Royal, for example)
- ¾ oz blue curaçao
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
Shake over ice; strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
I have a confession to make: I do not own blended whiskey. So what did I do to make this drink? Well I was making two, so I “blended” the dregs of a bottle of 100 proof Wild Turkey (3 oz) with a last bit of Bulleit Bourbon (1 oz). I know that’s not blended whiskey — and probably a sign that I have a problem — but it made an okay version of the Leatherneck. Such is my shame.
This drink is the color of radioactive blue only achievable with blue curaçao.
- 2 oz gin
- ½ oz Crème Yvette or crème de violette
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
Shake over ice; strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
While the Leatherneck Cocktail’s garish acid blue gave off an exuberant vibe with a strong hint of desperation — a drink for a Friday night, perhaps — the Blue Moon is all refinement and class right down to its subdued blue color, a distillation of the intense purple of crème de violette. You can almost hear the strains of the eponymous song wafting across the room as soon as you open the shaker.