Savoy Cocktails of the Week: Mr. Manhattan & a Mississippi Mule


After a post-holiday detox period… we are back with the weekly Savoy sampling!

I promised to try the Manhattan last time I wrote, and since it took me ever so long, I decided to throw in the Mississippi Mule as well. Let’s get down to it.

Unsurprisingly, the Mr. Manhattan is basically like drinking a glass of gin. So if you like gin, and you are using nice gin, you will enjoy this one as a refreshing, ever-so-slightly citrus cocktail. I used fresh clementine juice instead of orange juice. I suppose the orangey-ness would be more pronounced if one used a couple splashes of Tropicana instead. I liked the Mr. Manhattan, although it is not quite seasonally appropriate in the depths of a Chicago winter. I would more appropriately suggest it for a summer afternoon on the veranda.

As touched upon in previous posts reflecting upon Evelyn Waugh, the “Gay Young Things” in question are no doubt the very same “Bright Young Things,” the decadently inclined youth of London’s upper crust in the 1920s-30s. Apparently the is a Stephen-Fry-direct 2003 going by the same epithet (the latter, not the former). It’s on my Netflix queue; perhaps I shall tell you how it goes when the time comes (it is based on Waugh’s novel entitled Vile Bodies, discussed and recommended here).

Mississippi Mule Cocktail

2/3 Dry Gin
1/6 Lemon Juice
1/6 Crème de Cassis
Shake well and strain into glass. 

The Mississippi Mule combines three of my favorite ingredients into a slightly zingy cocktail experience. I enjoy Cassis on a regular basis, sometimes mixed merely with some soda water, sometimes with white wine, and on special occasions (read: when someone else is responsible for the bubbly) as a Kir Royale. It is delicious. You should try it. Also, if you have ever been given a complimentary apéritif in the Latin Quarter, it was probably a Kir (Crème de Cassis and white wine). If you have ever been female under the age of 40 (or not) trying to eat cheap in Paris, this has probably happened to you.

At any rate, the Cassis is a minor but colorful ratio in the Mississippi Mule, its sweetness tempered by the sour lemon and the crispness of the dry gin.

As is usual in our sad modern era, the Mississippi Mule has been commandeered by the vodka drinkers of the world, so if you hate gin, I suppose you could make it that way… but I’d recommend not. After-all, you do realize that vodka tastes like nothing, right?

Also, it’s just good the way it is in the book.

For further reading: Apparently mule racing is a historically important thing in Mississippi. Thanks, Google. Thanks, Ole Miss.

Until next time…

Modder River Cocktail

1/4 French Vermouth
1/4 Capertif
1/2 Dry Gin
Shake well and strain into glass. 

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