A Snow Cone-Like Cocktail from the 1950s Gourmet

A Snow Cone-Like Cocktail from the 1950s Gourmet

Gourmet has been running favorite cocktails from the 1940s to today, and this one (from November 1959) caught our eye immediately. Big surprise, huh? It looks like a rainbow slushy. But don't be fooled. This heavy-hitter is for adults only...

The cocktail is called a madras, but it's not the normal orange juice/cranberry/vodka drink we're familiar with. This is a mix of EIGHT different liqueurs (eight!), and that's not the only hitch. You also need shaved ice to create this beauty.

Get the recipe: Madras Cocktail

The instructions call for delineating seven different sections on the top of your shaved ice dome and pouring in a teaspoon each of seven liqueurs (things like apricot liqueur, green chartreuse, and créme de cacao). Then, in case that's not enough, you pour a teaspoon of cognac over the whole thing.

The effect is really spectacular, though. Maybe you could do something similar with fewer ingredients? Or, who knows? Maybe you've got a full liquor cabinet and are up for a challenge. Anyone ever made a drink like this?

Related: Straight Up: How to Make the Best Ice Cubes for Summer Cocktails

(Image: Romulo Yanes for Gourmet)

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