Fur Collar is a epithet for nobility in the same way white collar and blue collar and red collar are synecdoches for professionals, laborers, and Communists. Just kidding.
It’s also the name given to this vintage cocktail created and served at the Colony, a legendary watering hole for the crème de la crème of New York society. You can read more about the Colony in this feature published in Vanity Fair.
Of course, we all know there are no nobility in America in spite of many efforts to make it otherwise by the nouveau riche, which is why had I been the bartender at the Colony, I would have named this drink Faux Fur Collar or Beaver Pelt Collar. One for you Mr.Vanderbilt, Mrs. Windsor, Mr. Capote, Mrs. Onassis, and another Faux Fur Collar for Ms. Lee.
“Oh my, bartender! This is delicious! I think the fresh squeezed orange juice really makes this drink!”
If I had to show what this cocktail tastes like, it might look something like this:
Note: This one is most definitely true to the faux part of the Fur Collar because the nearest thing I could find to apricot brandy or liqueur was Hiram Walker’s Apricot Flavored Brandy. Truman would balk in his grave. But if a dead man balks in his grave and noone is around to hears him, etc.
Fur Collar (Adapted from Saveur)
Makes 1 drink
1 oz vodka
1 oz apricot brandy or liqueur
1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of orange
Zest an orange and the juice 1/2 an orange for every 1 ounce of juice.
In a cocktail shaker, swirld together the ice, vodka, apricot brandy, and orange juice until well chilled, 20 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with orange zest, and serve.
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