Now Serving – Modified Admiral

By The Gentleman


So the other night it was the midweek slump and The Lady was enjoying a night with the girls and I was on my lonesome catching up on House of Cards Season 2. All that political intrigue, backstabbing and Kevin Spacey Southern drawl made me work me up a mighty thirst. As I perused the bar I remembered there was an open bottle of Noilly Prat dry vermouth in the fridge from our adventures during Small Mouth Week that probably needed some attention while a bottle of Bulleit Rye Whiskey caught my eye  as aside from a recent sampling of Old Fashioned’s it’s not a spirit I recall using much. Looking at these two ingredients I wondered if there was a drink that combined the two and their is, an Admiral.

Modified Admiral

Modified Admiral

60ml Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

45ml Bulleit Rye Whiskey

45ml Fresh Orange Juice

2-3 dashes Bitter Tears Lucille Blood Orange and Ginger Bitters

Orange Peel


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vermouth, rye and orange juice. Shake to combine and to cool the mix. Use bitters to coat a rocks glass. Strain into glass. Squeeze peel over glass to release oils then drop into glass to garnish.

Modified Admiral

Now I’ve called my drink a Modified Admiral because, as this was a spur of the moment thing, I didn’t have the other essential ingredient. An Admiral typically uses lemon juice instead of orange juice but I didn’t have any lemons on hand and couldn’t bring myself to use the little squeeze bottle of lemon juice. Channeling my inner Frank Underwood I didn’t let such a minor thing stop me on my path to drinking greatness, so I improvised and ever so slightly bent the rules. I also decided, since I’m already not making a proper Admiral, to try and jazz it up a little bit hence upping the amount of rye for some extra spicyness and the bitters, to just give it a hint of something different.

Modified Admiral

The drink had quite a murky colour, murky like Frank Underwood’s morals. It is probably one of those times when it needed to be double-strained to further clarify it given the amount of orange juice. That aside this was quite an enjoyable drink to sip as I watched Kevin Spacey plot his next move up the political ladder, he so sly. It was easier to drink than I expected given the fact that it had over three shots of alcohol in it. There’s no horrible after-burn yet the orange juice also doesn’t make it overly sweet either which I was concerned it might. Instead it’s just a pleasant sipping drink with that lovely aroma of orange citrus from the peel, a hint of sweetness from the orange, some spicyness from the rye, a slight tang and a bold dry white wine flavour from the vermouth. The vermouth is certainly the dominant flavour but I think there’s enough from the orange and rye that there’s a bit more complexity which is quite nice.

Modified Admiral

Like one of Frank Underwood’s political opponents I didn’t see this coming. A spur of the moment drink, slightly tinkered with and over three shots of alcohol in it? That sounds like a recipe for disaster nine times out of ten. Still, somehow, this managed to be a very pleasant drink that was the perfect thing for a midweek wind down with some good TV. At least the unexpected result is an enjoyable one, unlike the recipients of a House of Cards style blindside. Seriously, those people, get screwed over so damn much.

Modified Admiral

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