Sugar Free Castle Habour Special

The Sugar Free Castle Habour Special is a refreshing and fruity drink that is sure to please the pallete.  The Sugar Free Castle Habour Special comes to us from originally from 1928 and was first referenced in The Gentleman’s Companion*, by Charles H. Baker, Jr.

While the cocktail calls for an aged rum, we swapped it out for a spiced rum. It still tasted great. I’m sure with an aged rum, it would have a little less spice and a little more woody richness, but combined with the citrus of the lime, the unmistakeable pineapple flavor, and the grenadine, I’m sure it will be equally delicious.

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!

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.

The Sugar Free Gold Baron

The Sugar Free Gold Baron has been adapted from the original cocktail as invented by Thomas Waugh over at Death + Co., in NYC.  Check out their site as they have several recipes listed on it as well as some handy hints on cocktail preparation.

We found the recipe over at kindredcocktails.com.

Sugar Free Mexican Firing Squad

The Sugar Free Mexican Firing Squad was another drink adapted from a search over at kindredcocktails.  They list the original as being made by the Raines Law Room back in 2010.  However, there is an interesting addition in the comments section of kindredcocktails that the actual real origin of the drink has much older roots.  It specifically mentions a book called The Gentleman’s Companion vol 2 by Charles H. Baker (1939).

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 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 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.