Lommebogen Ground Rules

As I dive into blogging the Lommebogen recipes I need to set some parameters, and clarify a few things. (If you don't know what Lommebogen is, read my earlier blog post about Cocktail History.) Here are some basic things you should know:

The selection of cocktails. I'm not doing every cocktail in Lommebogen (maybe someday, but not now). I'm only doing the cocktails that appear in all three of my reference books: Lommebogen, The Savoy Cocktail Book, and the Café Royal Cocktail Book. That tallies up to 43 cocktails.


The lovely number four in our top ten list is the Margarita. Tequila isn't found in so many of the older classic cocktails, and apparently while the Margarita has existed since the 30s (or 40s or 50s, depending on which origin story you roll with), it didn't become well known until the groovy 70s. It's a very simple recipe that is in the same sours class as the Daiquiri and the Sidecar.

Other Ways to Use Tonic

A little while ago I did a post on gin and tonic being a very popular highball. I have one other cocktail in my repertoire that uses tonic, and so I got to wondering if people use tonic for anything other than G&Ts these days. It seems like a waste of a good mixer to not branch out. Of course, you can also simply mix another spirit, like vodka or whiskey, with tonic water as well, but that's not what I mean. The most common thing I found was a plethora of variations on a classic G&T.

Old Fashioned

Ah, the Old Fashioned. I'm so pleased that this came in as number three in my cocktail poll. This drink is much more my style than highballs. The Old Fashioned name came about in the 1880s, but comes from much earlier in the century. Originally in the early 1800s there was a newfangled drink called a "cocktail," which involved adding a little sweetener and some bitters to your shot of liquor. This was the extent of the original definition of a cocktail.

Gin and Tonic

The second most popular drink in my cocktail poll is the Gin and Tonic. This is some classic stuff, which you can find everywhere today. It's a refreshing highball drink that takes advantage of the interesting flavor profile of tonic water. Like the bucks I looked at previously, it's an easy drink to make, assuming you have tonic water lying around.

Yellow Daisy Cocktail

This recipe in Lommebogen and Savoy is designed for 6 people, using glasses for measurements, and so I broke it down to one drink size. The only difference in the books is that Café Royal does not include absinthe in its recipe. This looks like a nice riff on a dry martini, with some orange notes and sweetness to round it out.


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