The Japalac Cocktail

The Japalac cocktail derives its name from Japalac: a tinted varnish that contained a Japanese dryer that decreased the drying time.  Manufactured by the Glidden Company in 1906, the drink appeared in Stevens Crockett’s Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book (1931), though the cocktail recipe dates from before prohibition.  The ratios of the drink are typical of early 20th century, pre-prohibition cocktails. This means you can have more with less guilt or get reJapalac Cocktailrelaxed slowly! This is a winner in my book.

God bless and Cheers,

John Apodaca

The Japalac Cocktail

Juice of 1/4 of an Orange

3/4 oz dry vermouth

3/4 oz Rye Whiskey

1 teaspoon raspberry Syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled 4 -5 oz cocktail glass.

Japalac Varnish

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