Following on the heels of the aptly named Kicker cocktail, we have the Knock Out. I'm guessing that the absinthe in here (at least for Lommebogen and Savoy) is the reason for this name. This was the first time I needed to use Crème de Menthe so I took myself down to Juul's to see what they had. I opted for the nicer, and more expensive Tempus Fugit, over Bols, and I'm super happy I did. It has such good flavor that isn't utterly buried in sugar. A good crème makes such a difference.
I haven't really had much in the way of apple spirits before. Not long ago I picked up a bottle of Laird's Straight Bonded Apple Brandy. Laird's is well known as Apple Jack, which is the Bonded's little sibling. It has a long tradition in America. In Europe apple spirits are known as apple brandy or calvados, which comes from Normandy. It's all tasty stuff. The apple flavor in the Laird's Bonded is just great. The Jack Rose cocktail is probably the most well known apple jack recipe.
This recipe makes a tiny cocktail, so to get a more normal sized drink you would probably want to at least double this, if not triple it. It pretty much ends up being a shot of Irish whiskey with a twist. It has a sweetener and some bitters, so it has the classic cocktail parts, in a shot glass.
Last week I started up a new little project to help me with learning Danish—a Danish podcast. The podcast is almost entirely in Danish, so if you don't speak Danish, it won't be very interesting. If you do speak Danish well, then it will probably bore you to tears, or be so slow and silly that it'll drive you mad. This podcast is aimed at people just like me, who are in the process of learning Danish.
Why doesn't this have rum in it? That's what I think about when I think of Havana. Anyway, this is definitely an unexpected mix of ingredients for a cocktail with this name. I couldn't find any history about it online, and I don't have older cocktail books to reference where it may have come from. Curious.
A classic cobbler is just gin, sugar and some fruit as a garnish. Savoy and Café Royal have a Grape Fruit cocktail, but it is not listed as a cobbler, which has its own section at the back of the book. Lommebogen's recipe is the same as Café Royal, so I'm just going to ignore Axel calling it a cobbler.Though I suppose you could blur the line a little bit topping it with some grapefruit as well. The Savoy recipe is quite different in that it uses grapefruit marmalade instead of juice.
The Golden Fizz is essentially a Gin Fizz with an egg yolk in it. Just to be complete on the standard fizzes with egg, a Silver Fizz uses egg white instead of yolk, and a Royal Fizz uses a whole egg. The Savoy has 27 fizz recipes, all with little variations on the standard. Some swap out the main spirit, while others add another element, like an egg, liqueur, or other flavor. I can see myself exploring all of the Savoy fizzes sometime soon. Out of all of these though, I love cocktails with egg (I'm a huge flip fan) so this is definitely right up my alley.
Now that we've navigated the fuzzy world of Gin Fix and Gin Fizz, the Gin Sling gives us something with more than subtle distinctions. That said the name history for the sling is its own murky space, pulling in the Toddy and a general discussion on what defines a cocktail. I'm going to let you just go read Savoy Stomp's research on this one. You will note that the Lommebogen recipe is quite different in that it has whisky in there, along with lemon juice.
Onwards with gin drinks that have slightly confusing definitions. The Gin Fizz is a pretty straightforward cocktail, and you can see that it's similar to the previous Gin Fix, but the most common confusion for this one is with the Tom Collins. They are both like gin lemonades with soda water. At the end of the day the difference here is even more subtle that between the Fizz and the Fix.