Silent Third

Difford's Guide
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Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 2/3 fl oz Dewar's 12 Year Old Scotch whisky
1/2 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40%)
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/3 fl oz Sugar syrup (65.0°brix, 2 sugar to 1 water rich syrup) (optional)
1/3 fl oz Chilled water (omit if using wet ice)
2 drop Difford's Saline Solution (or ½ pinch salt) (optional)
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Review:

Citrus sourness drowns the Scotch whisky in the original equal parts recipe of this Sidecar made with Scotch in place of cognac (although, I suspect the likes of Cointreau used to contain more sugar so with a time machine the original spec. may have been rather tasty).

History:

The recipe for the Silent Third appears in two 1937 books: William James "Billy" Tarling's 1937 Café Royal Bar Book and Approved Cocktails by The United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild to which Tarling was one of the contributors. The recipe in one book is expressed in fractions and the other as percentages, otherwise they are identical.

SILENT THIRD.
1/3 Cointreau.
1/3 Lemon Juice.
1/3 Scotch Whisky.
Shake and strain.

W. J. Tarling, 1937

SILENT THIRD.
33½% Cointreau.
33½% Lemon Juice.
33½% Scotch Whisky.
Shake and strain.

U.K.B.G. Approved Cocktails, 1937

Nutrition:

One serving of Silent Third contains 180 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.5 standard drinks
  • 20.96% alc./vol. (41.92° proof)
  • 21 grams of pure alcohol
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