You know that life is fine and dandy when you come across a quirky little cocktail book – such as the one pictured above – for a few dollars in an op shop. And you know it’s a good purchase when the first drink you flick to is, in fact, the Dandy.
The book suggests it’s what to drink when you want to channel Oscar Wilde; I’d say it’s one for when you’re feeling quite self-assured and want something whisky-based that will help you win that age-old game of ‘stump the bartender’.
This is a dry-ish, savoury cocktail with subtle notes of orange and cinnamon, perhaps even gingerbread – now that’s just dandy.
1 ounce (30ml) rye whisky
1 ounce (30ml) Dubonnet
1 teaspoon (5ml) Cointreau
1 dash Angostura bitters
Twist of lemon peel and/or orange peel, to garnish
Cocktail or coupe
Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker that’s half full of ice and stir until cold. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the citrus peel.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Way easier than trying to think up an Oscar Wilde quote to use here.
The Dandy is in Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition by Lesley M M Blume (Chronicle Books, 2012).