Pre-Prohibition Cocktail: All Right

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I can’t help but think that this should be Matthew McConaughey’s favorite cocktail (alright alright alright). This is such a simple cocktail that any of his characters could have made it no matter how deep into an “altered state” they were. This simple pre-prohibition cocktail is easy on the palate and it’s also quite easy to pick out it’s individual components even after mixing. However, if you’re not trying to dissect it, and are just enjoying it as the creation that it is, it starts off with a smell that’s reminiscent of butterscotch. The flavor too is a bit like butterscotch with just a hint of orange.

Strange and delicious all at the same time this is a simple but elegant cocktail that could compliment just about any occasion. Serve it to your guests, whip one up after a long day at the office or just have one with dinner. It’s completely smooth and easy to drink with any potential heat from the rye (burning sensation on your tongue) being swept away by the curacao and the bitters.

If you give it a try this weekend let us know how it went and what modifications you made, if any, in the comments below.

the All Right cocktail recipe
1 Jigger Rye Whiskey
2/3 Jigger orange curacao
1 dash Angostura bitters

Gently shake with ice*
strain into a cocktail glass


*The bartending rule of thumb is that you only shake drinks that use juices, egg whites or if there is anything other than just spirits in the cocktail. However, the original recipes for prohibition and pre-prohibition cocktails don’t always follow this rule because they were still making the “rules” at the time. Also, it’s your cocktail so shake or stir to your heart’s content. The only time it’s wrong is if you don’t enjoy the result.

Josh Peters

Josh Peters

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2 Responses to Pre-Prohibition Cocktail: All Right

  1. Just made this and love it! Used:

    1 jigger (1.5 oz) Old Overholt Rye
    2/3 jigger Grand Marnier
    1 das Angostura bitters.

    Stirred with ice. Excellent!

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