The first cocktail recipe in the book is the Alamagoozlum Cocktail:

  • 0.5 egg white
  • 2.0 ounces genever gin
  • 2.0 ounces water
  • 1.5 ounces Jamaican rum
  • 1.5 ounces yellow or green Chartreuse
  • 1.5 ounces gomme syrup
  • 0.5 ounce orange curaçao
  • 0.5 ounce Angostura bitters

Shake very, very hard and long in a large iced cocktail shaker and serve tremulously into several previously chilled cocktail glasses.

This is an odd one, and I find it ironic that this cocktail managed to come first in the book, as it perfectly illustrates what a vintage and forgotten cocktail should be. It contains a number of obscure ingredients, which took me some time to assemble. Then I had to wait until I had two other friends around who wanted to try it, ’cause the recipe makes enough for three glasses.

I liked the drink but I doubt I would seek it out. It is spicy, I think mainly due to the large amount of bitters involved. I really enjoyed the “mouthfeel” of the drink. The egg and the gomme syrup combine for a luxurious silky feeling as you drink it.

Rating: 3/5

Notes: Lots of notes for this one. The only “genever” style gin I own is the Anchor Genevieve Gin that is one of the more expensive bottles I’ve purchased for this experiment and my least favorite. I don’t know why I don’t like this gin, but my friend Frank summed it up, after a sip, with “Hrm, tastes like bacon”. Instead I used Hayman’s Old Tom, which is a gin somewhat between genever-style and London dry. I think it worked out fine. The Jamaican rum I used was Appleton’s Estate. I used authentic green Chartreuse. The gomme syrup was from Liber & Co. and the curaçao was Senior Curaçao.