History aside, drinks are for now. That’s the main inspiration for my cocktail, Favourite Frost. Seizing a moment or encapsulating a particular moment in time. Many cocktails have been created in this way, particularly those created in the Golden Age of cocktails, the Sidecar, French 75 etc.
The inspiration for the drink is two fold; a modern spin on the Snow White from David Embury’s seminal 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing drinks. Embury was a lawyer with a, shall we say, particular interest in cocktails and mixed drinks, and the vocabulary to show them off. He valued simplicity and a vested belief in quality of ingredients. The name comes from the pedigree or kennel name of a recently deceased family West Highland terrier, Paddington. It felt the ideal drink to spin, as a tribute to the much loved and missed pet, to encapsulate this particular time in my life.
We trace the Bacardi lineage; the creation of this spirit to 1862. That’s the marker, the date where rum was perfected. This cocktail is my marker, of this moment in time. This is our Golden Age.
Favourite Frost sublimely illustrates the suitability of Bacardi Superior in light, crisp, aperitif cocktails. Taking the elements of the Snow White (essentially a Daiquiri with a dash of pineapple and egg white) and adding dryness from Kamm & Son’s, the light sweetness from a fine Italian bianco vermouth, and caster sugar for a sherbet mouth feel, all the while retaining a harmonious balance.