Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Cowboy

What do you get when you mix cream and whiskey?

Angry like this gun-toting scoundrel.

Direct quote: “That was disgusting! It was worse than taking medicine.”

Granted, said reviewer is not a partaker of whiskey, but still, she was not far off.

The Cowboy Cocktail was a disappointment. Of course I was wary when I picked it. But I am a sucker for fun cocktail names, so I decided to be brave, force others to be brave with me, and give it a shot.

Not worth it. If you did not try it last week, I sincerely recommend that you do not try this one at home.

The thing is, if you are a whiskey connoisseur, probably you will not want cream in it. If you are not a huge whiskey fan (I can take it or leave it depending on the context), and are thinking that the cream might temper it a little… you are wrong. You can taste the cream, but barely. It smells pretty good, but… no.

Next week we are going to try another whiskey cocktail, this time with less whiskey and more sweet.

Turn your books to page 53 and focus your eyes on…

The Crow Cocktail

1/3 Whiskey
2/3 Lemon Juice
1 Dash Grenadine

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.



Thanks to Erik at Underhill-Lounge, it has come to my attention that the Crow recipe in the Savoy book seems to be a typo (you may have noticed that the whiskey to lemon juice ratio seems a bit odd above). As per Erik’s comment below, the ratio should be reversed.



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3 responses to “Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Cowboy

  1. I will note that the Crow Cocktail recipe is a typo. The source recipe, in Judge Jr’s “Here’s How” is: 2/3 Scotch Whiskey, 1/3 Lemon Juice, dash of Grenadine. Still pretty sour, but manageable. I like it with Bourbon, myself. We had one customer who would specifically order it every Savoy Night at Alembic Bar they came in. They did not like Sweet Cocktails.

    • Thanks! When I saw the recipe in the Savoy book I thought it seemed like an oddly weighed drink, but figured… well, the book must know what it’s talking about. Much appreciated.

  2. Pingback: Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Crow Cocktail | Words to Bumble

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