Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Button Hook Cocktail

Source:  Recipes for Mixed Drinks page:  11
1/4 Crème de menthe (white)

Ingredient: Crème de menthe (white)

What it is:  Liqueur

A sweet, mint-flavored alcoholic beverage with flavor primarily derived from corsican mint. Available commercially in a colorless (called "white") and a green version (which obtains its color from the mint leaves or from the addition of coloring, if extract and not the leaves are used to make the liqueur). Both varieties have similar flavors and are interchangeable in recipes, except where the color is important.

Substitution:  Crème de menthe (green)

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1/4 apricot brandy

Ingredient: apricot brandy

What it is:  Brandy

Fruit brandy made from apricots. Fruit brandy usually contains 40% to 45% ABV. It is usually colorless and is customarily drunk chilled or over ice. Hungarian palinka is a popular type.

Substitution:  peach brandy

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1/4 absinthe

Ingredient: absinthe

What it is:  Spirit
An anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium (wormwood). Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits.

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1/4 brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve in a wine glass.