"If more of us valued food and cheer and song over hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Squid Mixes: Little Princess
In working through a book like The New York Bartender's Guide, one quickly catches on to the fact that a slight change in recipe - a switch from light to dark rum, the presence or absence of bitters, even a variation in garnish - can result in a name change. The most frequent such tweak is a change in proportions. Case in point: according to the guide, 6 parts light rum to 2 parts sweet vermouth is a Poker Cocktail whereas 4:2 of the same ingredients is a Little Princess. Regarding why one is called by the one name and the other another, I can find no information. It is just so.
We decided to try the Little Princess, figuring that if we decided what it really needs is more rum, we could try the Poker Cocktail. As it turns out, less rum is just fine. In fact, with less one can truly appreciate the vermouth as more than mere sweetener.