The Suburban is a pre-Prohibition libation that was first served in the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel, now the site of the Empire State Building in Manhattan. A favorite cocktail writer, David Wondrich expounded on it recently and what caught my attention was his description: “This dark, rich and masculine pre-Prohibition classic…” How could I go wrong?
According to Wondrich, the cocktail is named, not for the hordes of commuters taking trains from Penn Station, but instead the drink was named for a horse race, the Suburban Handicap that was run every June at Sheepshead Bay. Today the race is run at Belmont and I’m sure they serve a few of these very manly cocktails at post time.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Suburban:
1 oz. Ruby Port (I use Offley)
½ oz. Aged Rum (I use Zacapa Solera 23)
1-½ oz. Rye Whiskey (I use Bulleit)
Garnish with a lemon peel
Combine and stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon peel.