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The Cocktail College Podcast: The Fog Cutter (Live From Sunken Harbor Club)

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In the famous words of tiki godfather Donn Beach, “What one rum can’t do, three rums can.” It’s a mantra that countless tropical cocktails are built upon, but today’s multifaceted drink sees the unlikely appearance of gin and sherry in the mix. It’s a Trader Vic original, his alleged response to Beach’s Zombie cocktail, and as (one of) our guests today explains, a maximalist take on the Scorpion. The cocktail in question? None other than the Fog Cutter. And with such a complex drink comes a few questions with complex answers. Can gin truly double as bitters? And why do some tropical drinks call for lemon juice as opposed to lime? Luckily, our guests came well equipped to clear the fog on all things Fog Cutter.

From Brooklyn’s Sunken Harbor Club, we proudly present the first-ever, out-of-studio recording of “Cocktail College!” That’s right, it’s a marathon episode of firsts — and threes: the first “Cocktail College” recorded in front of a (sold out) crowd; our first time featuring three guests (plus audience questions); not one, not two, but three cocktails (at least one of which contains three base spirits, and a sherry float for good measure).

Get ready for Garret Richard’s Fog Cutter, Scarlet Fog, and advanced cocktail techniques expertise; Carlos Perez’s Brain Fog riff; and St. John Frizell’s exaltation on that drink’s newly launched, deliciously cerebral, eponymous mug — a Sunken Harbor Club first! Light up the tiki torches and tune in for more.

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Garret Richard’s Fog Cutter Recipe


1 orange wheel
1 ounce Denizen White rum
¾ ounce brandy (Capurro Pisco)
¼ ounce Ford’s Gin
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Orgeat (Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29)
Lemon punch syrup (mix of oleo saccharum, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and citric acid)
Almond extract
Saline solution
Float: ½ ounce Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry
Garnish: mint sprig and an orchid


Muddle orange wheel in a Collins glass and set aside.
Add rum, pisco, gin, lemon juice, orgeat, lemon punch, almond extract, and saline solution to a mixing tin.
Flash blend with ice.
Add to Collins glass with muddled orange.
Fill with crushed ice and top with sherry float.
Garnish with generous mint sprig, orchid, and serve with a straw.

(Note: We plan to update this recipe with more exact quantities for some of the ingredients — stay tuned!)

Trader Vic’s Fog Cutter Recipe


2 ounces Puerto Rican rum
1 ounce brandy
½ ounce gin
1 ounce orange juice
2 ounces lemon juice
Float: sherry


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with cracked ice.
Shake until well chilled.
Pour into a tall glass with ice.
Top with sherry float and serve with a straw.

(For Don the Beachcomber’s version, replace brandy with pisco.)

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