The Embassy cocktail showcases the characteristics of brandy and rum in a spectacular way. There is a great classic drink recipe from the 1930s that can be found in Hollywood’s Embassy Club. Founded by restaurateur Adolph “Eddie” Brandstatter as a retreat for Hollywood stars to enjoy a quiet night out without swarms of fans, the private venue is a favorite among movie stars. The order backfired as business dropped considerably at his most popular club, the Café Montmartre. The club is credited with starting the whole Hollywood nightclub scene. The cocktail itself is almost identical to a Boston sidecar, but with a few subtle differences. Brandy and rum are used in both cocktails, but the Embassy calls for Jamaican rum instead of light rum, as well as Cointreau. Lime juice and the three spirits are the same in both recipes, while the ratio of the liquid is the same. In this drink, bitters and a lime wedge are included, while the other does not. Although the changes over the two cocktails are minor, it’s worth comparing the two to see the difference in effect.
Generally speaking, Jamaican rum is often described as bold, flavorful, heavy, and is usually produced in pot stills, with different regulations and standards than other types of rum. There are dozens of fine brands to choose from when dressing up the Embassy cocktail, so look for Appleton Estate, Hampden, J Wray and Nephew, and Worthy Park. You should choose rum that’s at least as good as the brandy, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be the really good stuff. This is a very nice V.S. It’s basically a very slow-motion movie. The Cointreau brand of triple sec is recommended for this brandy cocktail. This drink works well with any brandy cocktail. If you are going to use a replacement, make sure it’s of similar quality. There are several choices of triple sec that are too syrupy for a cocktail such as this. It’s the perfect way to finish off this cocktail with lime juice. It is estimated that a lime will yield half an ounce to an ounce of juice, so one or two drinks can be made from one fruit.