Named for a sincere drinker and recommended only for such

by Stevi on March 21, 2008

in Liqueurs,Whisky

Last night’s intensive study of Good Spirits by A. J. Rathbun led me to try the Ed Dexter.

Close-up of Ed Dexter Cocktail
Rathbun states he found this recipe in a small 1934 pamphlet titled Irvin S. Cobb’s Own Recipe Book. Based on this one drink, and the fact the man wrote a book titled Red Likker, I’d like to get a copy of my own.

This is a very simple cocktail, just bourbon, orange curaçao, and some simple syrup. But it’s a heck of a nice sip once it’s made. I really enjoyed eating the orange slice garnish afterwards, nicely flavored by the bourbon. I went mid-range on the bourbon this last trip to the store. The Elijah Craig 12 year is a little rough around the edges. Which just tells me this would be even more fun to make with Woodford Reserve, probably my current favorite mixing bourbon.

Ed Dexter
2 ounces Bourbon (Elijah Craig 12 yr)
1/2 ounce orange curaçao (Harlequin)
1/4 ounce simple syrup

stir over ice, strain into cocktail glass
garnish with lemon twist and slice of orange

The title of the post is apparently Cobb’s quote about the source of the drink’s name.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

shugyou March 21, 2008 at 9:33 pm

You know, I think you really need to get to Bleu Bistro. You’re serious about this. So are they.


anavolena March 21, 2008 at 9:35 pm

ah, i promised to follow up with you so we could meet up. bryan and i will be going to the seattle rep tomorrow night to see the imaginary invalid…any chance you want to meet somewhere 10ish or so?


ikkyu2 March 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm

I hope that at some point you can try the Eagle Rare 10 year old, a Kentucky bourbon. It is my favorite whisky; they use new oak and quite a bit of Minnesota rye. Elmer T. Lee is the same mashbill but they select it out of “honey” barrels that are very smooth and sweet; also good, but the added zing and roughness of the Eagle Rare make it something I think you’d like.

I’ve also been drinking Aberlour a’bunadh, which is the ambrosial nectar of the gods.


anavolena March 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Well, I’ll be. The Washington State Liquor Control Board not only recognizes Eagle Rare 10 year old, but carries it widely enough that the online database claims they have 6 bottles at the Redmond store.

Elmer T. Lee they claim ignorance of.

I still need to write up the great Martinez experiment; for those who can’t wait, Vya sweet vermouth is worth the premium price, imho.


ikkyu2 March 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm

All these Buffalo Trace whiskys are yours, except Europa. Attempt no whisky drinking there.


anavolena March 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

as long as europa != the french oak experiment, i’ll totally cool with that. i’ll leave all monoliths alone.


ikkyu2 March 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm

That photograph at the end of the article is magnificent, isn’t it?


anavolena March 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

jamie gives good blog. and creates fantastic cocktails. and hires damn good bartenders. the night i went to vessel, he wasn’t there, but jim and zane took very good care of us.


ikkyu2 March 21, 2008 at 10:31 pm

That’s pretty cool. I’d seen this article before. Didn’t realize you practically know the guy.


anavolena March 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm

haven’t met him (yet), but certainly benefitted from his creme de violette collection (don’t care what his blog says, hermes makes a damn memorable aviation; i can still taste it) and got a few sneaks of the buffalo trace experiments. well, maybe not sneak when i remember the final tab for the evening…


shugyou March 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I’d love to, but I woke up with a cold. So I think my germs and I will keep ourselves this evening. But next time you’re in town please drop me a line.

Have fun.


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