East India No.1

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Discerning Drinkers (15 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Orange (or lemon) zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Cognac (brandy)
1/6 fl oz Red curaçao liqueur
1/6 fl oz Raspberry (framboise) sugar syrup
1/12 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
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Review:

A splash of floral red curaçao, raspberry syrup and the merest touch of maraschino delicately flavour and slightly sweeten this spirit-forward, brandy-based cocktail.

Beware making this cocktail with more widely available orange curaçao rather than red curaçao as this produces a very different tasting and looking cocktail.

History:

Named after the East India Company, this recipe is adapted from the earliest known reference to an East India cocktail in Harry Johnson's 1882 Bartender's Manual which stipulates the use of red curaçao rather than the now more commonplace clear or blue curaçao.

This recipe, including the use of red curaçao, is repeated in O.H. Byron's 1884 The Modern Bartender's Guide, and in the 1900 updated edition Johnson's Bartender's Manual, where he specifies "putting in a cherry or medium-sized olive" in addition to the lemon zest twist. Tellingly, he also adds, "This drink is a great favourite with the English living in the different parts of East India."

The East India doesn't appear in any notable cocktail books published after 1900 until Johnson's 1882 recipe appears almost verbatim in Thomas Stuart's 1904 Stuart's Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them and then again in Tom Bullock's 1917 The Ideal Bartender.

The East India survives pretty much unchanged from Harry Johnson's 1882 recipe until the 1920s when the East India No.2 emerges.

EAST INDIA COCKTAIL
(Use a large bar glass.)
Fill the glass with shaved ice;
1 tea-spoon of raspberry syrup;
1 tea-spoon of Curacao (red);
2 of 3 dashes of bitters (Angostura);
2 dashes of Maraschino;
1 wine glass of brandy;
Stir up with a spoon, strain into a cocktail glass, and twist a piece of lemon peel on top, and serve.

Harry Johnson, New and Improved Bartenders' Manual, 1882

Nutrition:

One serving of East India No.1 contains 173 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.5 standard drinks
  • 28.67% alc./vol. (57.34° proof)
  • 21 grams of pure alcohol
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