Daddy Drinks: Commodore

Long hours spent with the Commodore 64 computer were a formational part of my childhood. And so I was saddened to hear this week that Jack Tramiel, the man who brought it to life, has died. In his honor, then, let's lift a glass of the drink bearing the name of his greatest creation.

 The Commodore is a classic cocktail with a bewildering variety of suggested recipes. Some have not a single ingredient in common, which are obviously no longer variations but completely different drinks. As near as I can tell, this is the original recipe from The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book:
  • 2 oz Bacardi rum
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • dash of lemon juice
  • dash of grenadine
  • dash of raspberry syrup or liqueur
As with any drink incorporating eggs, I'd recommend my new trick of breaking up the albumen first before adding whites to the rest of the ingredients. If you don't have a pestle then a whisk will do the job nicely. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass.

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