Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Little Princess


I chose to sample The Little Princess Cocktail for purely childish reasons: One of my favorite books growing up was Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. In fact I still have my childhood copy on my bookshelf, shelved between a collection of plays by Georg Büchner and an archaeological history of Paris, A Roman City. 

The Little Princess

1/2 Italian Vermouth
1/2 Bacardi Rum

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

I quite enjoy Sweet [Italian] Vermouth. I remember the first time I had it, a little after dinner liqueur offered up at by a family friend years and years ago. It was delicious. I filed away the information that not only did there exist multiple kinds of vermouth, but that this previously unknown variety was sweet and dessert-like.

Since starting this Savoy Cocktail Book Project, I have gone through multiple bottles and brands of Italian Vermouth, and though I often do not love it mixed with too many ingredients in one cocktail, this simple half and half mix with rum really hit the spot. It was nice not to only get the sweetness of the vermouth as one of several ingredients, but to savor the full taste of it, backed by the rum.

Of course, being half vermouth and half rum this sweet libation was potent as usual, but less abrasive than some. Very nice for sipping, it did not deteriorate as it warmed, and the final color was a warm brandy-like shade. This prompted one taster to suggest that it would be a great after dinner cocktail with which one could camouflage oneself amongst the brandy and cognac drinkers of the world… if one wished to do so.

Regardless, it was a nice, sippable concoction, albeit it very simple; therefore, it is not a prime choice if you are looking for something jazzy or extremely cocktail-y.

Next week we shall tackle the Lord Suffolk Cocktail

1/8 Italian Vermouth
1/8 Cointreau
5/8 Gin
1/8 Maraschino

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

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