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How to order a specific cocktail that doesn't have a name?


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How to order a specific cocktail that doesn't have a name?

schmoopy | Apr 24, 2010 10:49 PM

So, I had a wonderful cocktail a few months back at Gulf Stream in Newport Beach. We asked if they had a signature cocktail and they recommended one that they called an Elder Collins. It consists of 1.5 oz of gin, 3/4 oz. of St. Germain Elderflower liquer, equal parts grapefruit juice and ginger ale, and a lime garnish. It was amazing and delicious and light - a perfect cocktail in my opinion. The problem is that no one else seems to have heard of an "Elder Collins" so if I want to have this drink anywhere other than Gulf Stream I end up having to give the recipe to the waitress or bartender and ask them to make it. There never seems to be any problem duplicating it but I feel so silly having to give the recipe rather than being able to just ask for it by name. So, I have two questions: (1) Does anyone have a name for this cocktail that other bartenders would recognize? And, (2) If there is no recognizable name for this drink, is it weird to pass the recipe along each time I want that particular drink? By the way, I checked on this board under Elderflower liquer and founds lots of discussion but not about this particular recipe or a name. TIA!

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