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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Commodore

Whenever Indian summer comes (we’ve had a nonstop one in LA this year), you might be thinking of shifting gears a bit, prepping for the richer late-autumn drinks but not quite there. When it’s 79 and clear as the country, a manhattan may feel a little too heavy, even though the calendar says it’s fall.

The limes of late summer are turning yellow, but don’t toss them into the compost pile. They’re perfect now for a Commodore.

Never had a Commodore?

Over at Doc’s Cocktail db, the preferred recipe is:
4/5 rye whisky (2 1/2 oz, 7 cl, 5/8 gills)
1/5 fresh lime juice (1/2 oz, 2 cl, 1/8 gills)
2 dashes orange bitters per cocktail
sugar to taste
Bourbon is OK too. Basically 4 parts whiskey to one part lime, orange bitters and sugar to taste. Tangy!

Here’s a recipe for a more esoteric Commodore, not quite a parasol drink but a little fruitier: the Commodore No. 1.
1 1/2 oz blended whiskey
1/2 oz strawberry liqueur
1/2 oz lime juice
2 oz orange juice
dash orange bitters
No instructions; we figure if you’re at this site you already know how to mix these.


Peter said...

This is very different from the recipe on Drinkboy.com (and wikipedia). I just made one, based on that recipe and I found your site because while looking for more information. Do you know anything about it's origins?


ThePurpleSeal said...

Hi there,

I just found your blog and i am so glad i have, that is a very interestng recipe i can't wait to try it out. I am a big fan of whisky, i have even been brewing my on whisky and designing my own whisky labels to go on the bottle. As much as i do love whisky though i still love trying out new things which is why it is a must that i try this recipe out.