Greenwich – Recipe from David Embury’s ‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’

Equal parts of creme de cacao, applejack, and gin. Shake with cracked ice.

Towards the rear of this book, and the Waldorf is a bit of a no-man’s land of mixed drinks, all the drinks that couldn’t quite be categorised are lumped in at the back, sort of all thrown together, and this is where I’m finding some real gems, last week the Country Club, today the Greenwich.

On first try its too sweet, unbalanced on this side and after the chill of being freshly shaken dissipates it warms and sweetens making it taste a little like diabetes in a glass. But the flavours work well together.

I retried this by dumping a lot more applejack inside which improved it immensely. Whenever I think of chocolate its dark spirits which jump to mind, rum, whiskey, cognac. Surprisingly I think its gin which goes best with it in this drink, and if I were to remake it I’d go 3 parts gin, 3 parts applejack and 2 of crème de cacao.

This was a perfect after dinner drink, well worth trying, just up the gin, applejack or both.