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The Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom

The Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom is another classic cocktail adapted from the Savoy Cocktail Book, which if you haven’t heard us rave about it already, is a definite go-to book for vintage cocktail recipes.

Also, when trying to research a little history on the Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom, we came across another blog called Savoy Stomp.  Really impressive that a group of folks would try and work their way through the entire book, one cocktail at a time!  The Savoy Stomp lists the origins of the Magnolia Blossom as:

Sugar Free Bohemian Cocktail

The Sugar Free Bohemian Cocktail * was adapted from the regular old Bohemian Recipe, with the obvious MDR Lab twists.  Cocktail Virgin claims that the original recipe was created by Misty Kalkofen over at the Green Street Grill in 2008.  However, you can also find the recipe reported at St. Germain’s website.

Between the two references, there are a couple different gin options.  MDR Labs try to recreate cocktails as close to the original, so we went with Beefeater.  Feel free to experiment, though (responsibly of course), as you never know what might work better for your palette.

The Sugar Free Conquistador

The Sugar Free Conquistador has a lot going on! From the aged rum to the ample citrus and bitters, the Sugar Free Conquistador brings a ton of flavor in one drink!

The original drink is credited to Sam Ross, but we made our adaptation from the recipe by searching Kindred Cocktails.

The Sugar Free Tom Collins

The Sugar Free Tom Collins Cocktail is as refreshing as it is delicious.  This beauty, first written about back in 1876 by the famous bartender, Jerry Thomas, has a little history behind it.

It’s believed that Jerry Thomas based this drink of the Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874, which is described on wikipedia. Here is an excerpt:

The Sugar Free Stinger

The Sugar Free Stinger is one powerful drink!  This one is not recommended for the faint of heart, or those who are not brandy/cognac fans.

The origins of the Stinger seem to be a little clouded over time, but there is a mention of it in Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartenderwhich was published back in 1917.

Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial

MDR Labs is proud to bring you our newest spirit adaptation, the Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial!  The original source recipe comes to us from our friends at SeriousEats.com.

Elderflower cordials have a long history, and while elderberries do come from the same plant, please do not mistake this for an elderberry cordial!

The Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial is surprisingly easy to make and relatively inexpensive, as well.  Our friends at Starwest Botanicals are, again, a good source of the necessary dry ingredients for our extractions.

Sugar Free Classic Daiquiri

The Sugar Free Daiquiri is based on the very old cocktail based out of the Caribbean.

It also has a long history, with it’s popularity waxing and waning during different times in history, depending a lot on war conditions and the availability of rum.  It at least dates back to 1909 and is referred to in David E. Embury’s book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, as one of the six basic drinks.  Another interesting fact is that it was a favorite cocktail of Ernest Hemingway and President Kennedy!

The Sugar Free Grasshopper

The Sugar Free Grasshopper is certainly a delicious treat!  The original recipe is rumored to have originated from Tujague’s in New Orleans, which, by the way, is a must stop in New Orleans!  Not only do they serve delicious food at the restaurant, but their bar is amazing (with the biggest mirror you’ll probably ever see!)

Gushing about Tujague’s aside, the Sugar Free Grasshopper is something that we at MDR Labs have been wanting to try for some time!

Sugar Free Opening Cocktail

The Sugar Free Opening Cocktail is another wonderful adaptation from the Savoy Cocktail Book.  It is a wonderful blend between the blended whiskey and the herby notes of the sweet vermouth.  The presence of the grenadine also helps accent this.

We’ve found a different combinations of this drink listed over on DrinksMixer.com, we see the ratio of Whiskey:Vermouth:Grenadine to be 3:1:1, whereas at the Savoy version is a 2:1:1.  It really probably depends on just how much you tend to like whiskey, but I bet both are good.