|David Caruso does not approve|
Here’s what they wrote:
A Caruso cocktail survives, dusty from disuse, in the pages of the average bartender’s guide. That drink is compounded of equal parts gin, dry vermouth and crème de menthe [Ed Note: slightly different than ours], and it’s not very good. If no one drinks it, and it’s not very good, what’s it doing in the books? Perhaps the Caruso has persisted for the same reason as most of the cocktails in such compendia—to fill space. If a bad recipe gets printed in one bar guide—especially a prominent one like the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, in which the less than palatable Caruso was listed—it soon finds its way into all the others.
Coincidentally, “filling space” is also the same reason most of NBC’s fall lineup exists. Unfortunately for me, the Caruso is now filling space in my belly, on our blog and in your brainpan. Space that could be better filled by other things. Well, at least the space in my belly.
Overall Rating for the Caruso
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks Until Blackout: 3 – 30% Alcohol
1.5 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth
0.5 oz Crème de Menthe