This year for Christmas my wife treated me to a new cocktail book to expand my horizons and allow me to keep expanding my experiment in mixology that is DaveDrinks. This book is a great one full of classic cocktails, and is appropriately named “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh. It’s a fascinating book, with many interesting tidbits, although unsurprisingly, many of the drinks contain a difficult to acquire ingredient not found in the modern bar. There are exceptions of course, and tonight I tried the Park Avenue Cocktail.
According the Haigh, “This drink is synonymous with wealth, power, and luxury in New York City”. That’s high praise for a cocktail, so let’s see how I feel after a sample…
- 2 ounces gin
- 0.75 ounces pineapple juice
- 0.75 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 teaspoons orange curacao
Shake it all over ice and serve it up in a martini glass, simple enough.
- It starts dry, has a just perceptively sweet middle and ends dry again. You should enjoy your gin before sampling this wealthy beverage.
- I’m not sure how the drink earned it’s powerful moniker, as to me it tastes of a softened dry martini.
- Don’t be confused with its three luxurious sweet sounding ingredients, there is only a hint of the sweet pineapple flavor.
- Dave’s Rating: 6/10
- Strength: 5/10
- Sweetness: 4/10
- I tried to be witty and note its wealthy, powerful and luxurious qualities, but honestly, I didn’t think these were the best descriptors as I tasted. On the whole, and ok classic cocktail, very middle of the road.
Sorry for the lack of a picture – just wasn’t feeling photographic tonight!