101 Best New Cocktails: Old Quartermaster by Michael Shea, Rum Club, Portland, OR
Adapted from a recipe by Michael Shea, Rum Club, Portland, OR,
“Last November we were enjoying Manhattans at Rum Club made with Pampero Anniversario and PX sherry. I wanted to put the drink on the menu, but it had to be adapted so it wasn’t a $14 cocktail. I took my cue from an old Trader Vic’s recipe for a drink that we featured on our opening menu, the Quarterdeck Cocktail: Gosling’s rum, modified by a touch of blended scotch and cream sherry.
“The name come from a regular who often ordered the drink. He spent time enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Quartermaster, so we have a Quarterdeck Cocktail for an old Quartermaster!” Michael Shea.
30 ml (1 oz) Mt. Gay Eclipse Black rum
22.5 ml (.75 oz) Famous Grouse scotch whisky
15 ml (.5 oz) Pedro Ximenez sherry
4 drops smoky scotch (Ardbeg, Caol Ila), as garnish
1 orange twist, as garnish
Stir over ice and strain into a small chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Add the garnish so that each drop represents a point of a compass. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then discard.
gaz sez: This is one of those drinks that really shouldn’t work, but it does. The sherry brings everything together in harmony in this one, and I love the aromatic garnishes. Nice.