An Excuse to Drink – USS Constitution: “Old Ironsides”

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August 18, 1812:  The U.S.S. Constitution clashes with the the HMS Guerrire. During the engagement, the U.S. captain Isaac Hull expertly utilized his ship’s heavier broadsides and maneuverability, leaving the British vessel a de-masted , un-salvageable hulk. In contrast, many of the Guerrire’s shots bounced harmlessly off Constitution’s hull.  According to a contemporary account, one of the Constitution’s sailors yelled “Huzzah! her sides are made of iron!” thus earning the vessel her nickname “Old Ironsides”. The victory over the The Guerrire was the first time a U.S. Navy ship (remember the Continental Navy had been disbanded following the War for Independence) defeated a vessel of the British Royal Navy. The U.S.S, Constitution remains the world’s oldest commissioned ship.

Old Ironsides

recipe from Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum at Tales of the Cocktail Read more at Drink of the Week

Note: Glass, Garnish and prep info not included with original recipe…

  • 1 1/2 oz. Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 oz. cognac
  • 1/2 oz. Cherry Heering
  • 1/2 oz. Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth orange bitters

Glass: Cocktail or Rocks glass?

Garnish: None

Stir with ice and strain into glass


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