Sunday, June 6, 2010

Exhibit #33: Sangaree & Port Wine Fizzes and Flips

9pm-close, at the bar, June 6th and 13th

Sangaree was a fairly common beverage in 18th century England, the American Colonies, and West Indies, where it is thought to have been a result of interactions there between the English and Spanish, the name a corruption of sangria. Fortified wines of the Iberian peninsula (Porto, Madeira, Sherry) were the usual lead actors in the drink, though ale, porter, brandy, and Hollands gin made plenty of appearances as well. Given its derivation one might expect some fruit to be present in a Sangaree...not so. It is simply slightly sweetened and diluted wine, iced, with a bit of nutmeg and a brandy float as garnish. The float was a later flourish, but quite well-advised. The spirit and beer versions switch these roles, with liquor or ale as leads, while the port wine becomes the float.

Port Wine Sangaree $7
Port wine, ice, a little sugar and nutmeg, club soda, Martell VSOP cognac float, on the rocks.

Brandy Sangaree $7
Martell VSOP cognac, ice, a little sugar and nutmeg, club soda, port wine float, on the rocks.

Ale Sangaree $5 / Porteree $5
Abbot English Pale Ale or S. Smith's Taddy Porter, a little sugar and nutmeg with a port wine float. Porteree was widely considered to be of benefit to sick children.

Porto Flip $7
Port wine, Martell VSOP cognac, cream, a whole egg, a little sugar, and a Chartreuse float. Not to be confused with the basic Port Flip, this was a between-the-wars find (creation?) by Charles H. Baker Jr., noted bon vivant and food/cocktail writer for Esquire and Gourmet magazines, author of the incredibly entertaining and unusual 1939 cocktail book, The Gentleman's Companion: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World With Jigger, Beaker and Flask.

Chicago Fizz $6

Elk's Club Fizz $6

Numbers 8 and 9 on our 100 Fizz countdown. Two closely related but quite distinct drinks. Port wine and Scarlet Ibis aged Trinidad rum (Chicago) or Rittenhouse rye whiskey (Elk's Club), with lemon juice, a little sugar, egg white and club soda. The Elk's Club is topped with a pineapple garnish. These two drinks may be ordered with no egg without significantly altering their characters.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle $6
Traditional drink of the West Indies, dating from the late 19th century. Pusser's rum, lime, pineapple and orange juices, a little Falernum and crushed ice.

Chatham Artillery Punch $6
We still have a bit left... see previous post.

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