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:

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:

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.

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.)

The Sugar Free Woody Sour

The Sugar Free Woody Sour was adapted from an original recipe from Daniel Rutkowski.  We found it posted on kindredcocktails.com and had to try it!

Seriously, if it has Sugar Free Allspice (Pimento) Dram in it, we’ll probably try it!

This drink had a very broad flavor profile.  Anything that utilizes the allspice dram is automatically going to have some extra flavor.  A little goes a long way!  Adding the lemon adds just the right amount of citrus.  You could easily get away with just using bourbon or rye, but adding both gives you all the flavor of both worlds.

Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail

The Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail was adapted from one of our favorite reference sources, the Savoy Cocktail Book.  This cocktail has some wonderful herby notes from the Sweet Vermouth and accented by the warm flavors of cognac.  The lemon citrus sets it off very nicely by enhancing some of the flavor profiles already present.

sugar free gazette cocktail

Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail

Sugar Free Mark Twain Cocktail

The Sugar Free Mark Twain Cocktail is our sugar free adaptation of the original that was referred to by Mark Twain himself!  We found the original recipe we adapted printed in The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes, by Dale DeGroff.

However, the reference from Mr. Twain dates back to a letter written to his wife from London in January of 1874 (and quoted from Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him, by Resa Willis):

Sugar Free Scofflaw

The Sugar Free Scofflaw is another drink adapted from two of our favorite books, Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, by Ted Haigh (Dr. Cocktail) and the Savoy Cocktail Book.  And it was originally made by Gavin Duffy in the Harry’s New York Bar, in Paris.

This is a flavor-filled cocktail that really blends together wonderfully with the rye whiskey, citrus, and myriad of herbs from the dry vermouth.  The bit of grenadine gives it that extra flavor that really completes the drink.

Sugar Free Sazerac

The Sugar Free Sazerac is what drinking in America should taste like!  Sweet, flavorful, yet bold, and delicious, with all the reagents native to our home country!  This drink is considered the official drink of New Orleans!

In fact, this drink was actually created in NOLA in the Roosevelt Hotel.  The name of their bar?  The Sazerac!  The hotel itself has a rich history and fascinating one at that!