The Silent Third

The Silent Third

The Silent Third

 

  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I first found this recipe in the Mr. Boston Platinum Edition. Afterwards, I was told that the drink was created by Garth Glendenning in the early thirties. His Company W. G. Glendenning & Sons had the sole rights to distribute Cointreau in the UK and Canada, right up until the early ’60s.
He used to be driven round London in a Railton car which apparently had a “silent third gear”.

The Famous Grouse did not stand up well to the other ingredients. I liked the way the triple sec and lemon juice played against each other. I just wish the scotch was more than just an undercurrent. I will have to try this drink again with a scotch that has a bit more smoke or peat flavor and perhaps substitute Cointreau in honor of Mr. Glendenning. Still, it was a pleasant cocktail.

 

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