Food & Drink

Hook and Ladder puts a unique twist on a classic drink with the Heavy Crown

In coming up with one of Hook and Ladder’s many craft cocktails, Beverage Director Chris Tucker took a page out of the Waldorf-Astoria bar book — literally.

The Heavy Crown is a twist on the Coronation, a vermouth and brandy cocktail from The 1935 Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. The cocktail has deeply historical roots as its name stems from the coronation of King Edward VII of England, according to Tucker. The drink traditionally includes sherry, but Tucker skipped the sherry and added scotch as a nod to the namesake king to create a more traditional cocktail.

Tucker also added orange bitters to give the palate a little zing of citrus on the end of all of that brandy and vermouth. Hook and Ladder then serves the drink over a cube of hand-carved ice, one of Hook and Ladder’s signature offerings.

How to make The Heavy Crown

You’ll need:

  • Apricot brandy
  • Dolin dry vermouth
  • Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
  • Monkey Shoulder scotch
  • Orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Large ice cube
  • Lemon
  • Tall glass
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Lowball glass

Add 1/2 ounce of apricot brandy, 1/2 ounce Dolin dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, 1 1/4 ounces of Monkey Shoulder scotch and three dashes of orange bitters with ice in a tall glass and stir.

Strain over a large ice cube into a lowball glass. Peel a lemon and squeeze the rind over the drink to express the lemon oil into the mix. Sweep the rind around the edge of the glass to add zest and then curl and place the rind in the drink to garnish.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner