Reading “cocktail manuals” from the past is bound to send you down a “worm-hole” of information.
No cocktail book has served us better for such an endeavour as “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. This original created and maintained at the Savoy Hotel in London is simply one of the most iconic books in the “industry”. A thorough review to follow, although we would assume that most who cross theses posts would have it already. If not please have a look in the sidebar for a great deal on the book.
The “Hoots Mon Cocktail” on page 84 serves as inspiration for today’s post. Here is the recipe from The Savoy Cocktail Book.
1/4 Kina Lillet
1/4 Italian Vermouth
1/2 Scotch Whiskey
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass.
To say “Hoots Mon” in Scotland in the late 18th and early 19th century was simply “Hey Man”, or so we have been told.
Hoots Mon and Hoop La cocktails both call for Kina Lillet which would suggest a bit of a group.
We tested this cocktail with many Scotches, both Cocchi Americano (Modeled after Kina Lillet) and Lillet Blanc, and stuck with our favourite “Italian Vermouth” which is Cinzano Sweet Bianco. Here is our last recipe.