Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Fog Cutter: Don The Beachcomber & Trader Vic

     The Tiki Era had two strong stand outs, Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, both of these guys brought the tiki era  to its peak and made it last for many many years through the 80's.   One of the cocktails that came out of the era was the Fog Cutter.   Per usual the competition between these guys brought two different versions of the Fog Cutter that still survive today.  

     Tony Ramos, Don the Beachcomber's head barman has one version.

Tony Ramos Fog Cutter
  • 1 oz. White Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Brandy
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet  and Sour Mix
  • 2 dashes of Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Cherry Brandy
Blend everything except the cherry brandy with 3/4 cup of crushed ice. Pour into a glass and float the cherry brandy

     Trader Vic, he tended toward the chilled on the rocks style cocktails and thus the Fog Cutter was no exception.

Trader Vic's Fog Cutter
  • 2oz. Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Sherry
Place all ingredients except the sherry and shake until chilled, strain into a pint glass filled with ice and float the sweet sherry and garnish with a sprig of mint.

    These are two of the most famous Fog Cutters, you can choose whether you like the "on the rocks" or "frozen" version better, they both have a lot of flavor and are both very enjoyable.  ;o)