The thing about mixing a cocktail drink is that there is no rule that says you have to follow the exact proportion of the ingredients in any given recipe. It’s just like cooking—make adjustments until you get the result that suits you fine.
For example. In the basic City Slicker recipe we found on the web, the ingredients are listed as follows: 2 oz. of brandy, 1-1/2 oz. of Triple Sec and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice. They are poured into a shaker half-filled with ice, shaken, strained and served. The photo above was the result. I tasted it, found the drink too sour, so Speedy decided to substitute orange juice for the lemon juice.
What you see in the glass on the left of the above photo was the result of the substitution. This time, the mixture was too sweet. And bland. As though the sweetness of the orange juice had taken the jolt out of the drink. When both glasses were half-empty, I poured the lemon juice mixture into the glass with the orange juice mixture and, this time, I found the balance to be just perfect.
So, what is the modified recipe?
- 3 ounces brandy
- 2 ounces Triple Sec
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the brandy, Triple Sec, lemon and orange juices.
- Shake for half a minute.
- Strain the drink into glasses.
- Serve the City Slicker at once.