Growing up one of my favorite restaurants was Trader Vic, a Tiki-inspired restaurant known for some pretty wild cocktails. Its owner was Victor Bergeron, and one of “Vic’s” favorite cocktails was the Fog Cutter. Vic Bergeron once said, “Fog Cutter, hell. After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.
The Fog Cutter is made with Orgeat syrup, a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water. It has a pronounced almond taste and is used to flavor many cocktails including the Mai Tai. You can find it at some specialty stores and liquor stores, or there are several recipes online.
In addition to a third ounce of Orgeat syrup, you’ll need:
One and a fourth ounces of light rum
A half ounce of gin
A half ounce of brandy
One and a half ounces of lemon juice
One ounce of orange juice
One teaspoon of sweet sherry
Combine all ingredients except the sherry in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with sweet sherry.
Don’t forget, Vic promises after two of these you won’t be able to see the fog.
A special shout-out of Brian D. Murphy’s See, Mix, Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World’s Most Popular Cocktails.