Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

A classic drink that’s perfect for Halloween

Watch out for those scary little ghosts and goblins! We hear they’re out in force this time of year. Fortunately, they can be deflected with small candy bars.

But you may need something stronger when they haunt your house. So how about
the Satan’s Whiskers Cocktail? It has spooky good flavor and a name that fits right in with Halloween. Plus it’s not too boozy, so you can drink it on a school night.

No trick, just treat.


The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

Recipe: The Satan’s Whiskers Cocktail

The Satan’s Whiskers has two well-known variations: “straight” and “curled.” The straight version contains Grand Marnier liqueur, while the curled contains generic orange curaçao. (Grand Marnier is actually a premium orange curaçao. But we think its flavor tends to be smoother and richer – less curly, you might say.)

The Satan’s Whiskers also features gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and orange bitters. Its flavor profile is similar to that of The Bronx Cocktail and The Income Tax Cocktail.

This recipe takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and serves one.

Ingredients
  • ½ ounce dry gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth (aka French or clear vermouth)
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth (aka Italian or red vermouth)
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier (for the straight version) or ¼ ounce orange curaçao (for the curled version)
  • ½ ounce orange juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
  • 3 to 4 dashes orange bitters
  • orange twist for garnish (optional)

Procedure
  1. Place all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the contents are very cold (about 20 seconds).
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass, preferably one that’s been chilled. Add garnish, if you wish, and serve.
The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

Notes
  • Which version of this drink is better, straight or curled? We like them both, though we may have a slight preference for the curled.
  • BTW, the traditional recipe for this drink calls for ¼ ounce of either Grand Marnier or orange curaçao. But we think the straight version tastes better if you increase the amount of Grand Marnier to ½ ounce.
  • So how did this drink get its name? Well, cocktail expert Eric Felten says that “Satan’s whiskers” used to be a fairly common exclamation. Sort of like “zounds,” we guess. 
  • The Satan’s Whiskers dates back at least to the 1920s. Some say it was a featured drink at the Embassy Club in Hollywood, an establishment popular with film stars. (The Embassy Club also had a namesake drink, the Embassy Cocktail. It contains ¾ ounce brandy, ¾ ounce dark rum, ¾ ounce Cointreau, ½ ounce lime juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters.)
  • Programming Note: Typically, we do one cocktail post a month, on the first Wednesday (except during our Summer Sippin’ Series). In honor of Halloween, though, we decided to mix up a special cocktail post. ‘Cause we’re thirsty. Next week – the first Wednesday of November – we’ll be doing our regular monthly cocktail post.
The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

Speak of the Devil

“Nice looking drink,” said Mrs. Kitchen Riffs. “It’s a handsome devil.”

“Fiendishly tasty too,” I said.

“Though not too heavy on the alcohol,” said Mrs K R. “So how about conjuring us another round of this demonic potion?”

“Right away,” I said. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

“Hmm,” said Mrs K R. “So tasty we want two. But no evil aftereffects. It’s like black magic.”

Double, double. But no toil or trouble.

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64 comments:

  1. Gin and Grand Marnier...I surely would love this too! Looks beautiful!

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    1. Hi Angie, this is a wonderful — and rather refreshing — combo of flavors. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  2. All I can say is Prost ! I love all the ingredients.

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    1. Hi Gerlinde, Prost! Neat ingredients, huh? You'll like this. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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    1. Hi Pam, tasty, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  4. John, I like the looks of this one. It has a lot of devilish joy in it indeed. I must check our cabinet to assure we have all the necessary ingredients to shake one or three of these tomorrow night. With a Satan's Whiskers in hand and a bowl of candy I just might make it through the night.

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    1. Hi Ron, this is the perfect potion for surviving Halloween. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  5. The most seductive cocktail ever. Happy Halloween!

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    1. Hi Denise, Happy Halloween! And thanks for the comment.

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  6. This sounds SPOOKtacular John ;) What a fun drink! Have a safe and fun Halloween this year.

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    1. Hi Pat & Dahn, it IS spooktacular. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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    1. Hi Natalia, it IS amazing. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  8. Love the orange color! Hey, the orange juice and that extra boost of Vitamin C doesn't hurt this time of year either :)

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    1. Hi Ashley, and we're entering orange season, too -- another reason to drink this. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  9. "Satan's Whiskers" is a great expression! Maybe better than "Sonja Henie's TuTu"!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  10. Love that gin and vermouth, so this is a must try! Straight sounds good to me. They're saying it will only be around 35° here, and snow/rain all day, not good trick or treating weather, so doubt if there will be many of them. Bill thinks otherwise, so we'll see! Happy sipping and Halloween, John!

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    1. Hi Pam, weather here will be a bit iffy, too. Fortunately we'll be warm and dry inside -- sipping these. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  11. Satan's Whiskers is such an unusual name hard to believe it was once an exclamation. However this is a darn fine cocktail, however I think it I would try it on a weekend as Halloween here is tonight - Thursday night. Happy Halloween Mr and Mrs KR!

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    1. Hi Merryn, anticipation is half the fun. Here's to the weekend! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  12. Oh John, you have here the two of my favorites...gin and Grand Marnier...it looks fabulous...and I am loving the picture of the spider...so much fun.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Hi Juliana, we had fun with that spider picture! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  13. This is an orange lover's dream. Love the name and its ingredients seem to fit the name just right. :) BTW - I mentioned in my last post about The Harvey Girls Cocktail. Have you heard of it? It was a fruity cocktail and quite good. Might want to check it out. I'm sure it has an interesting history. :)

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    1. Hi MJ, isn't this nice? Definitely an orange lover's dream. And I'm not familiar with the Harvey Girl's Cocktail, but it sounds like fun. I'll have to look it up. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  14. John, you know me and gin—I'm totally ready to try this. Thanks for the Halloween treat.

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  15. well this sounds like a deliciously orange-y drink KR. Quite delightful I'm sure. Happy Halloween! cheers S

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    1. Hi Sherry, lotta orange in this drink! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  16. You definitely put it right when you said that this drink is all treat! I love that it's not too boozy and that it's got that nice refreshing tang. Thanks for sharing, John--hope your Halloween is filled with "boo"s!

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    1. Hi Ala, neat, huh? Happy Halloween, and thanks for the comment!

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  17. A brilliant orange pumpkin coloured cocktail just in time for Halloween! Really like the sound of this one.

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    1. Hi Caroline, it's a fun drink, and nicely flavored. Good stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  18. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenOctober 31, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Ooohh this sounds so refreshing! And I love the color--plus I need a little alcohol to get through Halloween because my dog always goes nuts :)

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    1. Hi Kelsie, this one has just a little alcohol in it. Just a little. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  19. It's a good thing we never get trick-or-treaters at our front door. I'm sure their parent's would be aghast when I try to ply one of these on their little goblin or ghoul. GREG

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    1. Hi Greg, :-) You'll just have to ply yourself. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  20. Love your photo with the spider- Looks very spooky and Halloweensy!

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    1. Hi Judee, that was a fun photo to take. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  21. This drink is a perfect harvest color, John. I always love to read your posts with the history of a cocktail, I can just imagine Greta Garbo with this glass in her hand! Gorgeous photos, as always!

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    1. Hi Marcelle, Greta Garbo definitely could have enjoyed this :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  22. Did you drink this last night!? ;)

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  23. I think this goes best with a screening of “The Crucible.“ what a great cocktail!

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    1. Hi David, good idea! The perfect mixer. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  24. What a name! But it sure sounds divine. ;)

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    1. Hi Carolyn, the name is a hoot, isn't it? :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  25. Sure wish we had tending the bar at our last gathering. You have a plethora of divine drinks for every occasion. Enjoy your weekend and take care

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    1. Hi Bobbi, it's all about the research when it comes to drinks. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  26. This citrusy cocktail is perfect for Halloween, but I'd definitely find some excuse to make it all through the year. Such a beauty!

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    1. Hi Liz, this drink is wonderful any time of the year! And with all that citrus flavor, we'd even have it for breakfast. :-) Well, for a brunch, maybe. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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    1. Hi Balvinder, really good, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  28. There is something very cocktail-y about Halloween, isn't there? My mom's favorite is Grand Marnier, although I have become a real fan of Combier for a cleaner flavor. Either way, you can't go wrong with orange.

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    1. Hi Laura, Combier doesn't have a brandy base (it's a triple sec) so it definitely would have a cleaner flavor. Haven't tried a triple sec in this drink -- neat idea. And Halloween has become one of our favorite cocktail holidays! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  29. I love desserts with Grand Marnier, so I'm guessing I'd love this cocktail. Halloween or not. :-) ~Valentina

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    1. Hi Valentina, bet you WOULD like this. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  30. I don't drink but you had me at the Grand Marnier :P I love adding it to my puddings.

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    1. Hi Taruna, Grand Marnier is wonderful stuff, isn't it? :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  31. Perfect. (Or should I say purrrfect in reference to the whiskers?)

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    1. Hi Debra, :-) We just call it devilishly good. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  32. Sounds delicious. Two vermouths - that's interesting. Creepy spider!

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    1. Hi Jeff, that spider is fun! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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