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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Three Dots and a Dash

1 1⁄2 oz Martinique Rum (Amber)
1⁄2 oz Demerara Rum
1⁄2 oz Orange juice
1⁄2 oz Lime juice
1⁄2 oz Honey syrup
1⁄4 oz Falernum
1⁄4 oz Allspice Dram
1 wdg Pineapple (as garnish)
3 Cherry (as garnish)

Blend everything on high for 5 seconds and pour, unstrained, into a tall glass. Garnish with a pineapple spear (dash) and three cocktail cherries speared together (dots)


In Morse code, three dots and a dash is "V", the symbol for the Allied victory in World War 2. Matt "Rumdood" Robold likes Clement VSOP and El Dorado 12 for the respective rums.

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From the Knowledge Vault

Bourbon: Producer Capsules

This is the sixth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Buffalo Trace

Distilling at what is now Buffalo Trace in Frankfort probably began in the 1850’s, but Edmund Haynes Taylor (yes, there’s an E.H. Taylor line) bought whatever was there and renamed it the “Old Fire Copper” distillery (OFC) in 1870. After an 1872 expansion, George T. Stagg (yep, there’s a BT label named after him as well) bought the place in 1878 only to have it struck by lightning and burn to the ground merely four years later. The 16 year old Albert Blanton (you guessed it – more whiskey named for him) started there in 1897 and was promoted to Superintendent in 1900. As Prohibition was winding down, the Schenley company bought the distillery, now named after Mr. Stagg in the wave of consolidation that saw distributors and marketers own distilleries.

In 1983, the plant was sold to some investors who were focused on the Japanese market under the name Age International. Though other companies will argue this point, what is now these investors did come up with Blanton’s. the first “single barrel” Bourbon in 1984.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Untitled, 13 hours 53 minutes ago bkemp1984 commented:

    I like this as written and also with more tequila than the liqueurs. Tonight I did 1/4 oz of kirschwasser instead of maraschino, it def. worked.

  • Re Blood and Sand, 22 hours ago MikeLewis commented:

    Used blood orange juice; 1 oz Highland Park 18; 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (½ Punt-e-Mes, ½ Carpano Antica); ½ oz Cherry Heering. Next time will try with a smokier Scotch.

  • Re Fletcher Christian, 1 day ago smparkes commented:

    With respect to the 3 drops of Elixir Vegetal de la Grande Chartreuse: this is far more concentrated than Chartreuse so a few drops makes sense (subbing 3 drops of Chartreuse wouldn't, though)

  • Re Country Life, 1 day ago Shawn C commented:

    I can confirm the recipe that Frederic Yarm listed above is the same as in Gaige's 1944 Standard Cocktail Guide. Note that the jigger volume Gaige listed in 1944 was 1.5 oz. It calls for shaking rather than stirring, but that is one of those strange things about the period that is best ignored to follow modern practice depending on composition.

    The original "Suburban" mentioned in the 1935 The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is: 3/5 Whiskey, 1/5 Port, 1/5 Jamaican Rum, 1 dash Angostura, 1 dash Orange bitters. It is odd to me that the Punch variant of "Country Life" lacks any bitters, since there were 4 total dashes in Gaige's version. That boost in the Angostura aromatic bitters is what set it apart other than the minor difference in ratio of whiskey.

  • Re The Distraction, 1 day ago Mixin In Ansley commented:

    Dig a simply ratioed cocktail but this one lacks balance.