RMS WHODUNNITT's Complimentary Cocktails

Complimentary cocktails are of course compulsory aboard RMS WHODUNNIT dahlings, but to make sure the bar does not run dry please bring your own beverages to consume on board. Corkage is free! 

BEE'S KNEES  2 oz. gin  .75 oz. lemon juice  .75 oz. honey simple syrup (equal parts honey/water)  The term "bee's knees" is undoubtedly associated with the 1920s, used to express excellence. However, the history of this drink is a little fuzzier. Yet it's believed that the addition of honey helped mask the small of alcohol, which was often the case with drinks served during prohibition, lest a speakeasy get busted by authorities. Some recipes call for honey, but I recommend making a honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and water) so that the honey properly combines. You'll add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Photo by  Tim Vidra  on Flickr)

BEE'S KNEES

2 oz. gin

.75 oz. lemon juice

.75 oz. honey simple syrup (equal parts honey/water)

The term "bee's knees" is undoubtedly associated with the 1920s, used to express excellence. However, the history of this drink is a little fuzzier. Yet it's believed that the addition of honey helped mask the small of alcohol, which was often the case with drinks served during prohibition, lest a speakeasy get busted by authorities. Some recipes call for honey, but I recommend making a honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and water) so that the honey properly combines. You'll add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Photo by Tim Vidra on Flickr)

Mint Julep         Mint and sugar cut sweetly through the robustness of bourbon in this delicious cocktail. Traditionally served in pewter cups, it is in fact a pre-Prohibition drink, which probably originated in the southern United States in the 18th century. But it soon started to trickle northwards, and survived Prohibition to become the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.  The drink is mentioned twice in  The Great Gatsby,  most noticeably when Daisy, Tom and Gatsby have a row in a hotel. “I’ll make you a mint julep,” Daisy tells her husband. “Then you won’t seem so stupid to yourself.” You’’ll hopefully drink yours in less tense surroundings.   Mix a teaspoon of sugar (you can adjust to taste) with a splash of water in a highball glass or pewter cup until dissolved. Add a handful of mint leaves (I'd suggest around 10) and gently bruise with a muddler or wooden spoon. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then pour in 60-90ml of bourbon, depending on the size of your glass. Stir, top up the glass with more crushed ice, and garnish with a few more mint leaves.       

Mint Julep

 

 

Mint and sugar cut sweetly through the robustness of bourbon in this delicious cocktail. Traditionally served in pewter cups, it is in fact a pre-Prohibition drink, which probably originated in the southern United States in the 18th century. But it soon started to trickle northwards, and survived Prohibition to become the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.

The drink is mentioned twice in The Great Gatsby, most noticeably when Daisy, Tom and Gatsby have a row in a hotel. “I’ll make you a mint julep,” Daisy tells her husband. “Then you won’t seem so stupid to yourself.” You’’ll hopefully drink yours in less tense surroundings.

Mix a teaspoon of sugar (you can adjust to taste) with a splash of water in a highball glass or pewter cup until dissolved. Add a handful of mint leaves (I'd suggest around 10) and gently bruise with a muddler or wooden spoon. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then pour in 60-90ml of bourbon, depending on the size of your glass. Stir, top up the glass with more crushed ice, and garnish with a few more mint leaves.

 

 

A gently fizzing, summery concoction of gin, lime and soda. The name "rickey" stretches back far beyond the Jazz Age – the cocktail may owe its moniker to a 19th century army man, Colonel Joe Rickey, who liked his with bourbon – but the gin version was a Prohibition staple. It’s often claimed to have been the favourite drink of Fitzgerald, and is one of only two cocktails to be mentioned by name in the book.  The drink appears in a scene set on a boiling summer’s day, when Daisy orders her husband Tom to “make us a cold drink” – using his absence to murmur to Gatsby of her love for him. When Tom returns, he carries “four gin rickeys that clicked full of ice. Gatsby took up his drink. 'They certainly look cool,' he said with visible tension. We drank in long, greedy swallows”.   Put three or four ice cubes in a highball glass, and squeeze in the juice of half a lime. Add around 60ml of gin, and top with soda. Rub the lime wedge around the rim, then drop into the glass.

A gently fizzing, summery concoction of gin, lime and soda. The name "rickey" stretches back far beyond the Jazz Age – the cocktail may owe its moniker to a 19th century army man, Colonel Joe Rickey, who liked his with bourbon – but the gin version was a Prohibition staple. It’s often claimed to have been the favourite drink of Fitzgerald, and is one of only two cocktails to be mentioned by name in the book.

The drink appears in a scene set on a boiling summer’s day, when Daisy orders her husband Tom to “make us a cold drink” – using his absence to murmur to Gatsby of her love for him. When Tom returns, he carries “four gin rickeys that clicked full of ice. Gatsby took up his drink. 'They certainly look cool,' he said with visible tension. We drank in long, greedy swallows”.

Put three or four ice cubes in a highball glass, and squeeze in the juice of half a lime. Add around 60ml of gin, and top with soda. Rub the lime wedge around the rim, then drop into the glass.

Pink Grapefruit Cooler  Grapefruit juice, refreshing and tart, is making a come-back in cocktails today, so here is one with the sweeter succulence and rosy hue of the pink variety  INGREDIENTS  ·         80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit  ·         Juice of half a lemon  ·         40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)  ·         Cold sparkling or soda water  ·         2 x mint sprigs  ·         Crushed ice  METHOD  Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, then top right up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.   

Pink Grapefruit Cooler

Grapefruit juice, refreshing and tart, is making a come-back in cocktails today, so here is one with the sweeter succulence and rosy hue of the pink variety

INGREDIENTS

·         80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit

·         Juice of half a lemon

·         40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)

·         Cold sparkling or soda water

·         2 x mint sprigs

·         Crushed ice

METHOD

Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, then top right up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.