4,5 cl of Jamaican dark rum
4,5 cl arrack punsch
2 cl of lemon juice
The Doctor cocktail was born as a very simple drink sour, based on lemon juice and Swedish Punsch. The first recipe is found in Hugo R. Ensslin’s recipe book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, published in 1917.
At that time Swedish Punsch was very fashionable in Sweden and the Nordic countries, but its origin is much older, as the Swedes began importing arrack in 1773. There are still many ready-made bottles of Swedish Punsch today. , which is nothing more than a simple punch made with arrack, rum or brandy, water, sugar, lemon and nutmeg.
But why are we talking about this cocktail so far from the culture of Italian drinking? Although it is a complete unknown to many, the Doctor cocktail has been reworked and modified several times, so much so that various recipes are starting from The Doctor 1 by Ensslin, up to finding in Vic Trader a great admirer of this sour and perhaps the most zealous interpreter. And what we are giving you today is Vic Bergeron’s recipe, who transformed a simple sour into a fine Tiki cocktail, which also entered the recipe book of him, the legendary Trader Vic’s bartender’s guide.
Ingredients and doses to make The Doctor cocktail
- 4.5 cl of dark Jamaican rum
- 4.5 cl of Swedish punsch
- the juice of half a lime
How to make The Doctor cocktail
Squeeze the lime and strain the juice. Put all the ingredients in a shaker and shake quickly then pour into an iced cup.
It is not a light cocktail, but it has a certain balance and can offer a rainbow of unique flavors. Try it and you will not regret it.