So continues another week in celebration of LUPEC Boston’s Endangered Cocktail of the Month, the Scoff Law. Did you read our little ditty in the Dig this week? Then you must have seen the lovely photo loaned to us so generously by fellow Boston blogger, the Leather District Gourmet. LDG shot this pic at our very first LUPEC Boston Meet & Greet held at Tremont 647 last Tuesday. If you missed it, not to worry: we’ll be holding one of these events every month at various bars in the Boston area. Our next meet-up is tentatively scheduled for October 21st, so mark your calendars. Exact time and location TBD..
Since we introduced the Endangered Cocktail of the Month feature to this blog and our fans mid-September, we’ll continue celebrating the Scoff Law through the month of October to ensure that this drink gets its glorious due. Next time you order it, however, ask for the Green chartreuse version, listed below as it appears in the Little Black Book of Cocktails. Then compare your notes and stop back by here to let us know which version you liked best.
SCOFF LAW COCKTAIL
1.5 ounces rye
1 ounce dry vermouth
.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
.75 ounces Green chartreuse
2-dashes orange bitters
Shake ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
If you’d like to sample a Scoff Law Cocktail while out and about drinking in the South End this month, head over to Toro (for the fresh grenadine version) or Tremont 647 (for the Green chartreuse version).
Or, if you’re drinking in Kenmore, hit up Eastern Standard. (You should always hit up ES if you’re drinking in Kenmore Square.) As you may have read in last week’s Dig, LUPEC Boston was called upon to participate in the publication’s 5-Drink Minimum feature a few weeks back. You can read all about that hot mess here. Cocktail # 5 on that glorious mission was the 12 Cocktail Flight the restaurant is offering to honor the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition (sampled in a similarly sloppy fashion this summer by bloggers from Boston Magazine.) Flight #6 is a Scofflaw; it was apparently also their June calendar girl.
And the bartenders at the Marliave can now make this delicious drink, as well. I asked for one on a recent visit, and though the bartender had never heard of it before when I ordered the drink, he kindly obliged to make it for me. We did this following Ted Haigh’s version from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, which I conjured ever-so conveniently using the “Cocktails” app on my IPhone. They have all the good ingredients there – Vya vermouth, housemade grenadine — so I wouldn’t hesitate to instruct them to do the same with future Endangered Cocktails of the Month.
And if you’re all done with rye after all this sipping, why not mix up one of these, also on offer at Eastern Standard as the Prohibition-era cocktail for the month of October?
SATAN’S WHISKERS (STRAIGHT)
.5 oz Italian Vermouth
.5 oz French Vermouth
.5 oz London dry gin
.5 oz fresh orange juice
.25 oz Grand Marnier
Shake well with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
SATAN’S WHISKERS (CURLED)
Prepare as above, substituting Orange Curacao for Grand Marnier.