Geek Drink of the Week: The Cheat

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TheCheatamWhile I like giving myself the limit of basing the Geek Drink of the Week on our last podcast review, this one was hard for me. I had a bit of trouble creating a drink that could have existed during the 1930s. Americans didn’t really drink vodka (my poison) much yet and technically we weren’t supposed to be drinking anything at all. Wink. Knowing most cocktails of the time were aromatic with vermouths, herbal wines, whiskey or gin, I began my taste tests.


The Cheat

One was horrific and a terrible waste of good bourbon. Another was too similar to a Manhattan to be anything other than a Manhattan (I know of four types: regular, perfect, dry, & Brandy). I turned to Cognac. I’m extremely happy with the final drink. I feel confident a 30s area bartender would have served this (maybe they did and my research sucks).


2 oz Cognac

1 1/2 oz Amaretto

3 drops Angostura bitters


Place ice and spirits in a shaker and go to town. Strain into a cocktail glass. Sip. Try not to bet more than $10,000 this weekend. Don’t cheat!

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