Satan’s Whiskers

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Cocktail History

The Satan’s Whiskers is a classic cocktail that is believed to have been created by Eddie Brandsetter in the early 1900s at his establishment the Embassy Club in Hollywood, California. It is essentially a variation of the Bronx made with gin, vermouth, and citrus but adds triple sec to the mix for additional tartness.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We decided to use Prairie Organic Gin for its smoothness and botanical flavor with notes of citrus and spices.

Blood Orange Gin: This is the other base spirit. We went with Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin for its bright and zesty botanical flavor with tart blood orange notes.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s Alex’s favorite sweet vermouth, with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Orange Juice: This adds sweet citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Orange Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Angostura Orange Bitters because they pair well with their aromatic bitters.

Orange Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The original recipe called for a dry gin, but we took the citrus flavor one step further by using a split base of regular gin and blood orange gin. This change made the recipe very sweet and citrusy yet still dry, which Alex preferred. Kendall thought the triple sec was a little overpowering even with the added punch of the orange, but overall, we both liked this drink quite a bit.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 ½ oz Cointreau
 1 oz Orange Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Method
1

Add gin, blood orange gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, cointreau, orange juice, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 ½ oz Cointreau
 1 oz Orange Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, blood orange gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, cointreau, orange juice, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Satan’s Whiskers

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More Citrus Cocktails

If you like this citrus-forward cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Garibaldi: A low-proof cocktail made with orange juice, Campari, and an orange slice

 Nucleus Mimosa: A sparkling wine cocktail made with orange juice, cranberry juice, and a lime slice

 Gin & Sin: A gin cocktail made with orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and an orange twist

 Gimlet: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, simple syrup, and a lime wedge

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