1st #cocktail of #FridayNightCocktails on 26th January: Barbary Coast

Our first cocktail is the Barbary Coast; a smooth Scotch and gin cream cocktail, of unknown providence, with a hint of chocolate.

Barbary Coast

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 mins

A sooth Scotch and gin cream cocktail, of unknown providence, with a hint of chocolate.

A Prohibition era cocktail, named for a nine-block area around Pacific Street between Montgomery and Stockton Streets, which was a red-light district popular with sailors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 30 ml (1 oz) blended Scotch
 15 ml (½ oz) London dry gin
 22.50 ml (¾ oz) white creme de cacao
 22.50 ml (¾oz) single cream (or half and half)
 Grated nutmeg for garnish

1

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and shake until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with grated nutmeg.

AI generated anecdote for article length

It was a crisp autumn evening, and Emma found herself in the mood for some cozy gatherings with her closest female friends. Instead of the usual wine and cheese affair, she decided to surprise them with a sophisticated touch – a homemade Barbary Coast cocktail. Armed with a passion for mixology and a well-stocked bar, Emma was ready to treat her friends to a delightful evening of laughter and decadent sips.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the city, Emma set the scene in her tastefully decorated living room. The flickering candles and soft jazz music created an ambiance that promised an unforgettable night. With a mischievous smile, she began to assemble the ingredients for the Barbary Coast cocktail that she had recently discovered in an old cocktail recipe book.

Emma carefully measured out the blended Scotch, choosing a rich and smoky variety that she believed would be the perfect base for her concoction. The London dry gin added a crisp and botanical note, while the white creme de cacao introduced a touch of sweetness that would dance harmoniously on the palate. With precision, she poured in the single cream, envisioning the luxurious texture it would lend to the finished cocktail.

Equipped with a classic shaker, Emma embraced the rhythmic ritual of mixology. The sound of ice cubes clinking against the metal vessel echoed through the kitchen, signaling the creation of something special. With each shake, she could feel the anticipation building – a sense that this cocktail was more than just a drink; it was an experience.

Once satisfied with the amalgamation of flavors, Emma expertly strained the concoction into elegant cocktail coupes. The liquid gold shimmered under the soft glow of the room, promising a sip that would transport her friends to a realm of indulgence. Emma couldn't help but admire the rich amber hue of the Barbary Coast cocktail as she garnished each glass with a delicate sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

With the tray of meticulously crafted cocktails in hand, Emma made her way to the living room, where her friends were engaged in lively conversation. The clinking of glasses and laughter filled the air as she presented her creation, the Barbary Coast cocktail, to her eager audience.

"Ladies, I present to you a taste of old-world charm – the Barbary Coast cocktail," Emma announced with a twinkle in her eye. The room fell silent for a moment as her friends marveled at the exquisite presentation before taking the first, anticipatory sip.

The reaction was immediate and jubilant. The complex symphony of flavors unfolded on their palates, eliciting expressions of delight and surprise. Emma beamed with satisfaction as she witnessed her friends savoring the meticulously crafted cocktail, each sip a testament to her dedication to the art of mixology.

Throughout the evening, the Barbary Coast cocktail became the star of the show, a conversation starter that elevated the gathering to new heights. As the night unfolded, the air was filled not only with the fragrance of nutmeg but also with the warmth of friendship and shared moments of joy.

As the last drops of the Barbary Coast cocktail were savored, Emma couldn't help but feel a sense of accomplishment. The evening had been a success, and the memories created would linger in the hearts of her friends. With a contented sigh, she leaned back, surrounded by the laughter and chatter of those she held dear, grateful for the magic that a carefully crafted cocktail could bring to a simple gathering of friends.

Ingredients

 30 ml (1 oz) blended Scotch
 15 ml (½ oz) London dry gin
 22.50 ml (¾ oz) white creme de cacao
 22.50 ml (¾oz) single cream (or half and half)
 Grated nutmeg for garnish

Directions

1

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and shake until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Barbary Coast

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