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Take Me to Saratoga

In my latest post for, I discuss the Saratoga; a cocktail with two base liquors and one of my all-time favorites. 

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I'm trying to warm up the Fine Cooking audience to understanding cocktail classification. 

Cocktails fall into many families and formats: sours, fizzes, flips, rickeys, and so on. With this nomenclature we can describe a drink without listing all the ingredients and quantities, no matter what someone has chosen to name it. For example, a Moscow Mule is just a vodka buck, and an Agricole Mule is a rhum agricole buck with mint. 

The basic recipe is

The Saratoga

1 fl. oz. Rye Whiskey 
1 fl. oz. VSOP Cognac
1 fl. oz. Sweet Vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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