Tuesday, November 24, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 4)

• This is the latest entry in a daily feature that will run through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc.  -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned. 

During my travels, I've stayed at some historic hotels in various countries and tried their signature drinks. My favorite comes from the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, KY.

The Seelbach is one of the American South's "golden age" luxury hotels, opened in 1905 and since then host to nine American presidents and innumerable dignitaries. The stunning ambiance of the place, awash with oak and marble and gilded surfaces, inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to use the hotel as the backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding in his novel "The Great Gatsby."

Here is the recipe for the establishment's signature drink.

THE SEELBACH COCKTAIL

4 ounces quality Champagne
1½ ounces bourbon
½ ounce triple sec
7 dashes Peychaud bitters
7 dashes Angostura bitters

Put the bourbon, both bitters, and triple sec in a Champagne flute -- or similarly-shaped glass -- first. Fill rest of glass with Champagne. Garnish with orange twist, and serve.

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