Millennium Cocktail

from The Craft of the Cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces Courvoisier Millennium Cognac
  • 1.5 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Curaçao
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Flamed Orange Peel (Garnish)
  • Nutmeg (Garnish)

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the flamed orange twist and dust with the nutmeg.

I was commissioned to create a cocktail with the Millennium bottling from Courvoisier and it turned out better than I ever expected. But now I guess I need to change the name: It's too good to be relegated to the trash heap of millennium merchandise. But in the couple of years since I thought I invented the drink, I acquired an out-of-print book called The Roving Bartender, by Bill Kelly (1946). Much to my surprise, it includes a drink called the East India Cocktail with brandy, curaçao, pineapple, and bitters. I don't know if it was Bill's original or if it predates his book. My version has a couple of subtle additions that translate to a lot of additional Ravor — the grated nutmeg and the flamed orange peel.