I regularly meet with a girlfriend for an escape day…or even a weekend. They are justified as a sort of ‘sanity retention’ exercise, and on one particular occasion the rest and recuperation didn’t come a moment too soon. Both of us were pretty much on our knees….almost transparent….running on air.
I knew we needed to run, at least for a few minutes, on something a bit stronger, so I took down to the retreat in Somerset where we were due to meet, a carefully researched cocktail…. the Fine and Dandy.
Having visited the American Bar at the Savoy (follow this link for the post all about that) I naturally bought the Savoy Cocktail Book and flicking through I found this vintage cocktail which seemed to fit in seamlessly with our eccentric surroundings. In the sitting room was a deliciously rusting 1965 Ford Anglia Estate and a plaster cast lion made for a client of the owners, who wanted it to hang his dressing gown on. As one does.
Not a cocktail for sissies
More importantly, the Fine and Dandy is definitely not a cocktail for sissies. We needed reenergising and this was the cocktail to do it. “Gosh, this has a bit of a kick to it!” gasped my pal on first sip, and then, “Ah, this is quite knock out….one of these will be enough…”. We both fell silent for a moment or two after that, savouring, as perspective slowly seeped back into our lives.
Advantage over a gin fizz? It travels a lot better!
Here’s how to make this fresh, fruity, sophisticated cocktail with PUNCH.
Recipe for a Fine and Dandy Cocktail
- 45ml/3 tbsps fresh lemon juice (about what a medium lemon will produce)
- 45ml/3 tbsps Grand Marnier or Cointreau, or if you are a perfectionist, De Kuyper Triple Sec
- 90ml/6 tbsp gin
- few drops of Angostura bitters
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the ingredients listed above.
- Shake and strain.
For a Campari gin fizz recipe follow this link.
For a tangerine gin fizz recipe follow this link.
Louis Armstrong with Fine and Dandy