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Friday 4 November 2011

The boy and his poison: The Bloodhound

Reading about the girls' exploits on the Orient Express inspired me to hunt down a delicious 1920s-style cocktail to complement their trip. I adore prohibition-era cocktails partly for their sophistication and partly for their motor-skill destroying booze content, but I had no idea how diligently my co-contributors had already covered the subject. The Manhattan was long gone, as was the Sidecar and the Aviation, so it looked like I was going to have to be a little more esoteric in my choice. I give you the Bloodhound.

With its origins in the perfect Martini base of sweet and dry vermouth, this cocktail gets its evocative name from a good handful of crushed strawberries added at the end. Its a great drink when strawberries are in season, but you may need a squeeze of lemon juice to perk up the airfreighted ones you'll find in the shops at the moment.

You'll need
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • A slug of strawberry coulis or 2-3 Crushed Strawberries
Then Shake
  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with some ice
  • Shake it hard
  • Strain into a coupe glass or flute and garnish with a strawberry.


  1. You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel!

  2. It took me far too long to get that reference.


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