3⁄4 oz Jamaican rum (Aged, preferably Smith & Cross)
3⁄4 oz Cognac
1⁄2 oz Orgeat (May need to decrease/adjust depending on orgeat recipe/brand)
1 twst Lemon peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.


The sweetness and flavor intensity of the orgeat will dictate whether the orgeat volume should be dropped to 3/8 oz or 1/4 oz. With homemade orgeat, I enjoyed it at 1/2 oz.


In thinking about the Manhattan-like recipes from Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 that contain orgeat (see source reference for links), I decided to take the idea and include in elements from the 1919 and Japanese Cocktails. With a split base of Cognac from the Japanese and rum from the 1919, I opted for Jamaican rum to provide some funk and dryness to the mix. For a name, I dubbed this one the 1790 -- the year that the tropical almond tree was introduced to Jamaica.

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  • Not enough tartness, I think. Add lemon or lime?
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I used 0.25 oz Liber & Co. orgeat; if you are using that brand, I'd suggest going no higher than that without trying first. It was still sweet at that level.

BLBU99 commented on 12/26/2021:

First Used 1/2 oz bardaddy orgeat which was too sweet. Better with 1/4 oz.