Friday drinks: Satan’s whiskers

Happy Friday! This week we have a mischievous cocktail with the perfect name. When you taste it, you’ll know why it’s called Satan’s whiskers.

Satan’s whiskers mixed by director Jeff Stewart. Photo by Jeff Stewart.

The 1930 edition of Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book may have been the first to publish the Satan’s whiskers recipe. However, some folks credit the Embassy Club in Hollywood, a speakeasy, for creating the naughty concoction. Whoever came up with this little demon was a genius because it’s a winner.

Director Jeff Stewart, our resident mixologist, slyly served me Satan’s whiskers telling me nothing about its contents. From the first sip, the flavor knocked me for a loop. I got a blast of sweet orange shot through with a peppery taste. It was as if the mixture suspended the pepper, perfectly distributing it evenly over my tongue as individual grains. It was like points or whiskers of pepper in the juiciest orange I could imagine.

Then Jeff told me there wasn’t any pepper in this drink. Nada. The pepper taste comes from gin. Surprised? I sure as hell was.

I’m not a huge fan of gin but this cocktail rules. It has none of the bitterness I usually associate with gin. Jeff recommends Bombay Sapphire for its peppery finish, which also prevents the drink from being too sweet.

You can mix straight or curled Satan’s whiskers. Jeff served me the curled version, which is made with orange curacao. He says if you substitute Gran Marnier you’ll get a slightly sweeter drink, aka straight Satan’s whiskers. He prefers the less sweet one.

Jeff also highly recommends Regan’s orange bitters, which is available in the U.S. at your local BevMo. The Regan’s orange bitters has a wonderful potent orange scent. Jeff’s mix was so pitchfork perfect, it’s the one I’d order every time.

Wanna try Jeff’s recipe? Here it is.

1.5 oz. gin
1.5 oz. red vermouth
1.5 oz. white vermouth
1.5 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons orange curacao
1 teaspoon orange bitters

Keep your glass half-full. Drink responsibly.

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2 thoughts on “Friday drinks: Satan’s whiskers

  1. Sounds divine A couple of questions. How do you measure an ounce of orange juice? Is orange bitters the same as Angostura (sp?) bitter? It’s easier to ask here than to be sold enough ingredients for ten years’ worth of drinks!

    • Absolutely. I had to check with Jeff Stewart. I don’t know what country you’re in but if you’re in the US, here are some options. And here are Jeff’s responses.

      How do you measure an ounce of orange juice?
      Here are links to an angled measuring cup that measures in ounces.
      It is a really, really useful thing to have when you’re making weird drinks. Something like this should be available Target/Amazon, etc.

      Is orange bitters the same as Angostura (sp?) bitter?
      Angostura bitters and orange bitters are NOT the same thing. Angostura bitters are made from gentian root and spices and have a very harsh, clove taste. Orange bitters are made from orange zest, cardamom and cinchona and have a very harsh spiced orange taste. Here are links to Regan’s orange bitters.


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