Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Loud Speaker & the Non-Savoy Bellatrix

I am particularly drawn to try cocktails with descriptive postscripts in The Savoy Cocktail Book, like the Leap Year, the Homestead, the Green Room, and this week’s Loud Speaker Cocktail.

1/8 Lemon Juice
1/8 Cointreau
3/8 Dry Gin
3/8 Brandy

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

“This it is that gives to Radio Announcers their peculiar enunciation. Three of them will produce oscillation, and after five it is possible to reach the osculation stage.”

I just love a little Wodehousian commentary in a cocktail book.

The Loud Speaker is another fun drink in the Savoy canon, less manly, sombre or serious than libations such as the Journalist or the Ideal. The Loud Speaker is very citrus-y, but not in a sour or bitter way. The measure of Cointreau balances out the sour lemon juice very nicely.

As a special bonus for Halloween, I decided Monday night candy dispensing required an appropriately themed beverage. After failing to find a suitable candidate in the the Savoy tome, I thought of making a Harry Potter themed potion. Initially, I hoped to make the Episkey as detailed in my post on Harry Potter cocktails. Sadly I did not have all the ingredients on hand; therefore, I chose the chocolatey Bellatrix Cocktail from Little Pink Blog, which—incidentally—was cited in the same article at The as my post on Harry Potter cocktails (which is how I came upon this decadent recipe):

The Bellatrix

1/4 Vodka
1/4 Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 Amaretto
1/4 Cream
Chocolate syrup for rimming
Cinnamon/crushed almonds for garnish

Chill martini glass in freezer. Shake liquid ingredients over ice. Rim chilled glass with chocolate syrup. Strain ingredients into glass. Top with almond crumbles or cinnamon.

I am—generally—against libations such as “choco-tinis” and the like. I take issue with things that are not true martinis being referred to as martinis. I also tend to have an aversion to vodka. This all said, the Bellatrix (which happily refrains from referring to itself as a “tini”) was delicious—provided the taster is in the mood for dessert in a glass. Monday evening, handing out scores of Kit-Kat bars, we were definitely in that mood.

The “nutty” Bellatrix is a rich, velvety drink, made special by the addition of cinnamon as a garnish. In my second batch, I definitely went for a heavy-handed sprinkle of spice—delightful! Every once in a while, a ridiculous cocktail is an order. Halloween proved to be one of those whiles.


For next week:

The Magnolia Blossom Cocktail

1/4 Lemon Juice
1/4 Cream
1/2 Gin
1 Dash Grenadine

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.


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One response to “Savoy Cocktail of the Week: The Loud Speaker & the Non-Savoy Bellatrix

  1. The bellatrix sounds good!

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