Sex In the Rumble Seat

1 oz Apple brandy, Lairds Bonded
1 oz Old Tom Gin, Hayman's
34 oz Lemon juice
34 oz Dry vermouth, Dolin
12 oz Grenadine
12 oz Peach liqueur, Marie Brizard
2 ds Orange bitters, Regans' orange bitters
Shake, double strain, up.
Everyone knows the Sex in the Beach was invented pre-Prohibition, and that its original receipt has long been lost to time. But, enterprising mixologist Eric Witz dares to ask, what if it were not? With the customary perspicuity and elan which are his hallmarks, Witz here offers us a rare glimpse not just into what was, but into what yet may be.
From other users
  • highly rated here; will try - Old Tom gin not a necessity
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aphonik's picture

I'm still somewhat surprised

I'm still somewhat surprised at how much I like this drink, which started out completely as a joke. I feel like the sharp apple notes of the Laird's bonded combined with the soft botanical gin forms a really nice base, which I would not have thought before I made this up. I've enjoyed these multiple times since and I find that a less dry (though not strictly dry) gin such as Malacca works better than the Old Tom because it dials back the sweetness just a bit. Also lime juice works just as well as the lemon. It's a fairly sweet drink, like the actual Sex On The Beach, but more complex and therefore more delicious.

Zachary Pearson's picture

I've always thought of

I've always thought of Laird's Bonded as being the more whisky side of apple brandy, where Germain Robin is more of the fruit and sweetness and Calvados more of the theoretical ideal of an apple. You comment makes me want to try this, but I'd need the peach Brizard...



DrunkLab's picture

Yum. Made this this evening

Yum. Made this this evening with Malacca, Dolin, Mathilde peach, and lime. Very refreshing. I found it less sweet than Eric did, possibly because Mathilde isn't as sweet as Brizard (though I doubt it), and possibly because my limes today are a bit sharp and overly assertive. The Laird's was surprisingly subdued and the Malacca and grenadine came to dominate as the drink warmed.