Satchmo is the nickname of the late great musical legend Louis Armstrong. It's also the name of our tuxedo cat. Neither of them has anything to do with the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In case you're wondering, Satchmo is short for "satchel mouth," Armstrong's childhood nickname. I learned about the Orange Satchmo in Benny Roff's book Speakeasy. Ms. Cocktail Den got it as a gift from a co-worker.
2 ounces rye
.5 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
1 dash Peychaud's bitters
Teaspoon of absinthe
Put the absinthe in a chilled glass and swirl it around so you coat the inside of the glass. Discard the remaining absinthe. Place the other ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir with the silky growl of Armstrong's voice, and strain into the glass. Orange twist garnish optional.
The Orange Satchmo is a variation of the Sazerac. The Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans, the city in which Louis Armstrong was born (and the birthplace of the Vieux Carre and the Antoine's Smile). The Orange Satchmo is smooth because of the Cointreau (my favorite triple sec, which is a general term for orange liqueurs) and fewer Peychaud's bitters. If you want to increase the power, use my homemade arancello (orange liqueur) or sanguecello (blood orange liqueur) instead of Cointreau.
I have a soft spot for Louis Armstrong's music. Ms. Cocktail Den and I danced to his duet with Ella Fitzgerald (who also had a wonderfully unique voice) of "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" at our wedding. It's a memory I will cherish forever. Will the Orange Satchmo give you that sort of a fond memory? There's one way to find out.