Satan’s Whiskers—From The Essential Bar Book by Jenny Fiedler

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Satan’s Whiskers

Serves one

Despite the titillating name, this classic 1930s-era cocktail runs relatively tame. First recorded in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book , the recipe calls for equal parts gin and dry and sweet vermouths dressed up with a sunny dose of citrus in the form of Grand Marnier, orange juice, and orange bitters. A variation using curaçao instead of Grand Marnier is described as “curled” as opposed to “straight.”


1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce Grand Marnier or orange
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
3 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: orange peel

Glassware: cocktail or coupe

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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A contributing editor to 
Wine Spectator, Jennifer Fiedler writes’s biweekly food and wine pairing column 8 & $20 and covers wine collecting, auctions, Q&As, and design for the magazine. She was a co-author of  Brooklyn Beer Shop’s Beer Making Book , and has a degree in English from Yale University and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

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