Creole Contentment

Difford's Guide

Ingredients

Barware

Coupe glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon
Strainer

Nutrition

There are approximately 164 calories in one serving of Creole Contentment.

Bartender

Creole Contentment image

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 12 fl oz Cognac
1 fl oz Blandy's Sercial 10 Year Old
14 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1 dash Orange bitters
12 fl oz Chilled water
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Comment:

If using a sweeter Madeira such as Verdelho/Rainwater (medium dry) or Bual (medium sweet) you'll need to adjust this finely balanced cocktail. Even Baker himself says it "needs a little trimming". However, dry Sercial Madeira works best to produce a finely balanced complex cocktail.

About:

Adapted from Charles H. Baker's 1939 The Gentlemen's Companion in which Baker writes, "Creole Contentment, an Insidious Pleasantry from the Charming-Hot-Bed of Intrigue and Culture which is the Pulse of the Great Delta Country - New Orleans.

"This hazard and liability to consistent maidenhood came to our desk through office of a friend whose father once was Episcopal Bishop of Washington, and who writes books about pirates. Don't treat this one lightly, mes amis....

"Of Cognac, Madeira wine and maraschino, take 1 pony; turn this into a bar glass with ice; toss in 1 dash of orange bitters, stir well, pour into a big Manhattan glass or saucer type champagne, and garnish with 3 maraschino cherries; red, green and white... Our personal experience is that it is better to cut the maraschino down by half, stepping up the cognac in that ratio. The business of the 3 cherries, while no doubt a pretty and chivalrous gesture of the feminine victim is, of course, sheerest swank. It is a good drink and needs a little trimming."

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