American’s Big Dram
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American’s Big Dram
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The American’s Big Dram is a cocktail that presents a complex blend of flavors, combining the rich warmth of brandy with the sweet and tangy taste of orange juice. This ... more The American’s Big Dram is a cocktail that presents a complex blend of flavors, combining the rich warmth of brandy with the sweet and tangy taste of orange juice. This depth is further enhanced by the addition of grenadine, contributing a syrupy sweetness and vibrant color to the mix. The cocktail also features red vermouth, which lends an aromatic herbal note and subtle spiced undertones, creating a sophisticated balance to the concoction. Though creme de menthe and ruby port are listed, these ingredients don't actually contribute to the drink in this specific recipe. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass, the American’s Big Dram is a flavorful choice with a diverse palette of flavors that could appeal to those who enjoy a multifaceted and sweet-tasting cocktail experience.
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Base ingredient
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Brandy
Garnish
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Cocktail cherry, mint
Alcohol content
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14% | 1.68 units *

Method
How to make a American’s Big Dram

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Put the ice into a cocktail shaker and pour in the brandy, vermouth, orange juice, grenadine and crème de menthe
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Tilt the glass and gently pour in a little ruby port so it floats on top
Decorate with a cocktail cherry and mint leaves and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake the American's Big Dram cocktail?

To properly shake the American's Big Dram cocktail, first, fill a shaker with ice. Add the Brandy, Orange juice, Grenadine, Creme De Menthe, Red vermouth, and a dash of Ruby Port into the shaker. Secure the lid or shaker top and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This integrates the ingredients thoroughly and cools the mixture down, creating a smooth, cold cocktail ready to be strained into a cocktail glass.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Is there a substitute for Ruby Port in the American's Big Dram if I don't have it?

If you don't have Ruby Port for the American's Big Dram, a good substitute can be a dash of Tawny Port or a sweet red wine. Both alternatives offer a similar sweetness and depth, though the flavor profile will be slightly different. Adjust according to taste, starting with less and adding more as needed.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the American's Big Dram to enhance its flavor?

The American's Big Dram is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to enhance its flavors and maintain its cold temperature. Optionally, garnishing with an orange twist or a maraschino cherry can add an extra layer of aroma and taste, providing a pleasant contrast to the drink's rich flavors.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What type of occasions is the American's Big Dram most suitable for?

Given its unique blend of flavors and moderately high alcohol content, the American's Big Dram cocktail is well-suited for sophisticated gatherings, cocktail parties, or as an after-dinner drink. Its complex profile makes it an interesting choice for conversations around taste and cocktail crafting.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in American's Big Dram compare to a standard cocktail?

The American’s Big Dram has an alcohol content of 14%, which places it slightly below the average range for cocktails, typically between 15% to 30%. It makes the American's Big Dram a more moderate choice, ideal for those who prefer their drinks not too strong but still desiring a noticeable alcohol presence.

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