Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail

It was only a matter of time before the Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail was mixed after we made our Sugar Free Maraschino Liqueur!

The Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail is an old one that dates back to 1916, where it was first published in Recipes for Mixed Drinks, by Hugo Ensslin.  It was also later published in the Savoy Cocktail Book, where it inexplicably omits the (IMHO) very necessary Creme de Violette.  It’s also rumored that it was named because it’s color resembles that of the sky.

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 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 Fool Moon

The Sugar Free Fool Moon was an instant success at the MDR Labs!  The herbal flavors of the Creme de Violette mesh together so well with the mint and gin that in hindsight, the combination seems obvious!

We are always trying to find new recipes for our Sugar Free Creme de Violette, so we were excited to try this one out!  The Sugar Free Fool Moon is adapted from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktailsbut the Fool Moon is an adapted recipe of the Blue Moon (which we also have listed in the MDR archives, here.)

Sugar Free Deep Sea Cocktail

The Sugar Free Deep Sea Cocktail is another adapted cocktail that originates from our copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book.  If you’re to own any cocktail book, the Savoy has got to be, hands down, our most recommended book!

Sugar Free Hong Kong Cocktail

The Sugar Free Hong Kong Cocktail was a special treat!  It was much more citrusy than expected, which gave it a wonderful fruity overture that combined wonderfully with the herbal nuances of the dry vermouth.  And that added dash of orange bitters just rounds out the whole experience.
This is also another great opportunity to try out our Sugar Free Dry Vermouth Recipe!
We’re not quite sure where this particular cocktail originated.  However, as we’ve mentioned this wonderful resource before, a search over at kindredcocktails.com is what led us to the original recipe.   We had a difficult time actually searching for the origins, so if anyone has a clue, please let us know!sugar free hong kong cocktail
The Sugar Free Hong Kong Cocktail

The Sugar Free Blue Moon

The Sugar Free Blue Moon is a delicious example of what Sugar Free Creme de Violette can do for you!

This wonderfully herby treat has just the perfect blend of lemon, herbs, and gin that make you crave another.  Very similar to the Aviation, the Sugar Free Blue Moon is a cocktail that deserves to see the light of day again!  For those that missed our Creme de Violette (Yvette) post, regular versions of this ingredient were not available in the USA until 2007, which is a crying shame!

Sugar Free Pink Lady

The Sugar Free Pink Lady is an old, old cocktail.  It may even predate the 1920’s!  This particular adaptation came from a delightful book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh, whom many know as Dr. Cocktail.  I greatly enjoy this book, as not only does it give some great old recipes, but it also gives history and context to many of them.

Sugar Free Army & Navy

The Sugar Free Army & Navy is a clean and crisp drink that is pretty simple to make (once you have the Orgeat Syrup that is).  This is a very refreshing drink on a warm evening.  We’re not sure what the origin of this drink is, but we are sure that during an Army/Navy football game, a cocktail party, or home in front of a roaring fire would all be acceptable places for this drink.