Hello all! I’m so happy that this forum now exists!
Attempted tonight to mix the “Quarter-Deck Cocktail” out of Martin’s Index app, which reads as follows:
1 1/3 oz jamaican rum
2/3 oz fino sherry, oloroso sherry, or amontillado
1/3 oz lime juice
Used Doctor Bird for the Jamaican rum, and some La Guita Manzanilla in place of the fino sherry. As directed, the final product was… bracing, to say the least. I’m not saying I couldn’t see the use for it on a very hot day, but between the funk of the rum and the acidity of the lime and dry sherry, it was somewhat overwhelming.
Has anyone had luck with this recipe or tried to monkey with it? Martin & I suspected that the proportions might be off (and, indeed, the Savoy recipe from the same year dials back the lime) and also figured that using PX in place of a fino/manzanilla might make a difference. When all was said and done, I added about two bar spoons of simple (1:1) syrup to the finished cocktail to make it slightly more palatable and ended up with something resembling a sherry-infused daiquiri. Not unpleasant but I wouldn’t seek it out again.