In speaking to three industry thought leaders, we asked them which cocktails they feel never got their proper time in the limelight.
Their suggestions are below to help you get a roundup of the BIGGEST CLASSIC COCKTAIL SNUBS, started in time for the Oscars!
1. Rob Roy
Ryan Judson, brand Ambassador for Usquaebach blended Scotch whisky says, “the biggest cocktail snub has got to be the Rob Roy – basically a Manhattan made with Scotch. American palates have become so accustomed to the sweeter notes of bourbon or the spicier rye, without giving much love to the earthy and austere essence of malted barley in their cocktails. And with all the amazing brands of vermouth getting airtime, it’s only right that the Rob Roy experience a renaissance.“
2. El Presidente
Tad Carducci of The Tippling Brothers and co-author of A Lime and a Shaker wishes for more recognition for The El Presidente cocktail instead of the more widely known mojito, pina colada or daiquiri. “The El Presidente is a cocktail that, outside of the cocktail cognoscenti, does not get the respect that it deserves,” Carducci says. “A Cuban creation, it’s a simple and delicious aperitif. The original recipe calls for light rum, but this version brings a little more richness and depth, while keeping the cocktail balanced and refreshing. I’m hoping to see this one make its acceptance speech one day.“
3. Tom Collins
Jacques Bezuidenhout, partner at Forgery Bar in San Francisco, says “the Tom Collins is one of the most under-appreciated gin classics because of its bad reputation for being poorly made with cheap gin and sweet & sour mix. When made properly with quality gin and fresh juice it is a zesty, simple and gin-forward cocktail. It is very refreshing and a drink you can very easily have a few of!”