Wow folks it’s MxMo 100, that’s something pretty damn special right there. I want to first and foremost give mad respect to Paul Clarke and Fred Yarm. This wouldn’t have been achieved without them. So check out their blogs Cocktail Chronicles and Cocktail Virgin/Slut, and show them some love. The theme for this MxMo might be the most difficult ever, Cocktail Chronicles. As I understood it this was supposed to be a drink that transcended time. Now I love me, I’m a prideful guy. I do not feel comfortable however calling any of my personal creations timeless. Flat out that is not for me, or any one person to decide. The people and the march of time shows what drinks live on in the glasses of the public, and what fades away like the Macarena.
So this month I’m not going to bring you a Rated R Original. That’s not because I don’t have faith in my potions. I’d be proud to serve them to Vic and Donn themselves for their approval. I however want to fit the theme as best I can, and stay within this month’s theme on Rated R Cocktails. As I have said before this month the Long Island Iced Tea looks sort of like it descended from a Tiki drink. If it did it may very well be the long lost, drug addled, grandchild of the Fog Cutter. The Fog Cutter is a very strong drink, made up of several different liquors and lemon. Sounding familiar? Vic accents this with his trademark orgeat and provides a lovely float of cream sherry to provide a tempting nose and cut the sourness. Like the L.I.T it’s very customizeable. By simply swapping a liquor and a float you can call this drink your original very easily. Which contemporary restaurants did. Unlike Donn, Vic did not care much about keeping his recipes a secret. On the contrary he put out recipe books and later mixes to encourage you to make them yourself. While some claim the L.I.T to be invented in the 20’s that sort of sounds like bullshit to me. The drink was mentioned in the 60’s but never really started being seen until the mid to late 70’s. This being the case it’s not hard for me to believe it’s some bartender’s take on a Fog Cutter. Even if the two were never related, they damn sure have a family resemblance.
Vic had great success with the Fog Cutter, it became his third best seller. Even he recognized how potent it was eventually toning it down in the 50’s. The Samoan Fog Cutter is regarded by many as the better of the two. Well guess what sunshine your not getting it here. We’re going to give you the brain cell blowing original recipe. Mostly because we hate our livers. If you want the Samoan and more Fog Cutter history grab a copy of Beachbum Remixed, or Jeff’s Total Tiki app on Iphone. Long Live the Bum! No he doesn’t pay me, but he does put up with my drunk ass when I visit Latitude 29. That’s all I ask of a mentor.
Place all ingredients except sherry in a shaker with ice and shake very well. Pour into a large glass or Fog Cutter mug and garnish with a Trader Vic pick and mint. In this case we used some Rose of Sharon blossoms.
The aroma is helped out a lot by the sherry float. If absent it really only smells like lemon with a faint waft of juniper. Having a nice float in a Fog Cutter is kinda essential as the sherry really cuts the strong lemon sourness. I enjoy a sour sip but this is on the far side of things. The lemon is kind of a bully in the drink. Still other flavors do find minuscule purchase. Orange and orgeat come through as does the gin and brandy on the finish. The sherry and lemon are very up front as one would kind of expect. I do not find it a stretch at all to call this the Long Island Iced Tea’s Grandpappy, especially since it’s brother is the Scorpion Bowl. Foot note this drink actually gets a bit better once it dilutes. No wonder Vic used crushed ice and a longer blend time in the Samoan.
The Fog Cutter has really been my inspiration through L.I.T Month here on RRC. For a few ideas on how I would twist up this venerable Tiki sip click here and here. Also stay tuned this week for one of the funkier drinks I’ve ever made. I’m so proud to be a part of MxMo 100, I love this community. I hope we can toast 100 more someday. Until next time…
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