Cocktail Noir Cocktail by Scott M. Deitche
Catering to lovers of the well-written word and the well-mixed drink, Scott M. Deitche’s Cocktail Noir is a must have for every reader who loves to throw a good cocktail party or just enjoy a good drink. Deitche shares the recipe for the books’ signature cocktail.
One thing I wanted to do for my new book Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets was to develop a signature cocktail that reflected the subject of the book. I wanted a drink that would convey the feel of the book. So I chose a rye base, because whiskey is the drink of Prohibition, of hard boiled PIs, of hard boiled writers, of gangsters, and of shady and mysterious characters and bars.
I am not a professional bartender/mixologist. So I built on simple blocks, nothing too fancy, though two of the ingredients are a little less common. It had to have a whiskey or rye base. The particular brand of rye I chose was Templeton Rye. I chose Benedictine because it brings a robust unique flavor and a classic pedigree. I add a little Maraschino liqueur for flavor, and I added bitters. But not just any bitters, I used blood orange bitters. Because, well, blood.
2 oz Templeton Rye
½ oz Benedictine
¼ oz Maraschino liqueur
3-4 dashes blood orange bitters
Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.
Scott M. Deitche is the author of 5 books on organized crime, including Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld, and The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr. He has also written dozens of articles for local and national magazines and newspapers, including the regular column Scott Deitche’s Libation Lounge for Cigar City Magazine, a column devoted to spirits and unusual cocktails. Scott has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, and both national and local news and radio shows. Scott is one of the few writers who has donated items to the Mafia Museum in Las Vegas, and is a regularly-featured guest speaker there. A high-tech, visual effects-filled true crime travel television series entitled Mobtown America, based on Scott’s popular walking tours of Mafia sites, has just started being shopped by Big Machine Productions. Scott lives in St. Petersburg, FL. with his family. His favorite cocktail is the Negroni.
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