Alabazam

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (21 ratings)

Serve in a

Collins glass

Photographed in an

UB Koto Collins 35cl

Garnish:

Lemon slice

How to make:

SHAKE first five ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with soda.

1 1/2 fl oz Cognac (brandy)
3/4 fl oz Grand Marnier or other cognac orange liqueur
3/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
2 dash Orange Bitters by Angostura
1 2/3 fl oz Thomas Henry Soda Water
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Review:

This long, fruity cocktail packs a cognac-charged punch, but as the ice melts, it mellows and becomes refreshing.

History:

The first known reference to a cocktail of this name appears in Leo-Engel's 1880 American Other Drinks.

ALABAZAM.
Use tumbler.
One tea-spoonful of Angostura bitters; two tea-spoons of orange Curaçao; one tea-spoonful of white sugar; one tea-spoonful of lemon juice; half a wine glass of brandy. Shake up well with fine ice and strain in a claret glass.

Leo Engel, American Other Drinks, 1880

However, the bitter-heavy 1880 recipe bears little resemblance to the Alabazam we know today and which comes from William Schmidt's 1892 The Flowing Bowl – When and What to Drink.

Alabazam.
A large bar glass,
The juice of ½ lemon,
1 barspon of sugar,
1 dash of Seltzer; mix this well;
Fill your glass 2/3 with fine ice,
2 dashes of curaçao,
1 drink of brandy.
Stir well, strain, and serve.

William Schmidt, The Flowing Bowl – When and What to Drink, 1892

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 14.08% alc./vol. (28.16° proof)
  • 21.9 grams of pure alcohol
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