Interurban's Spring Cocktail Menu Draws Inspiration From Savoy Recipe Book
Cocktails are a distinctly American invention, but during Prohibition, when they were made illegal along with all other alcohol, many US bartenders emigrated to Europe. In England, France, Italy, and more they combined their know-how with local ingredients and styles. One of these bartenders was Harry Craddock, an English immigrant to the US who returned home to London during Prohibition to work at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel. There, he penned his cocktail book, named for the hotel: The Savoy Cocktail Book. Besides recipes, it’s also filled with anecdotes, advice, and the occasional complaint about women in bars.
Originally, bartender Jeff Seymour and the staff were to keep copies of Savoy around the bar, where guests could treat them as menus and select any drink. However, the staff realized a few problems: one, many of the cocktails in the book were dreadful; two, many were repetitive; and three, some cocktails used ingredients that we don’t have anymore. So instead, Seymour and the others focused on finding just a few and perfecting them.
Many of the recipes in the cocktail book are batched, made for 6 or so people. This works well for Interurban, which has long had a bottled cocktail for the table on its menu. This time, it’s The Lord Suffolk, a take on the Martinez, with gin, Cointreau, maraschino, and Cinzano Rosso. It’s a rich, silky cocktail that truly represents the era. Grab a single serving for $9, or split a bottle with your friends, like you would in 1930, for $35. And sorry, Mr. Craddock, but women are more than welcome here, too.
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Photos by Alexander Frane