The Bosom Caresser

another sort of bosom caresser
I’m currently preparing a review of A.J. Rathbun’s excellent book, Dark Spirits, which I hope to have done soon. But right smack dab in the center of the book is a recipe that I just have to go ahead and blog. A cocktail with a name like the Bosom Caresser is simply made to punch up the traffic numbers via Rule 5. Sue me.


  • 4 oz. cognac
  • 2 oz. orange curaçao
  • 1 oz. homemade grenadine
  • 2 egg yolks (be sure to use pasteurized eggs or the Food Police will take you away)

Combine ingredients in shaker with lots of large ice. Shake very well. Serves two (of course).

In concert with A.J., let me caution the reader about making assumptions. Just serving one of these is no, um, License to Feel as it were. On the other hand, offering a drink called a Bosom Caresser to the object of your desire is a pretty clear declaration of intent, so if you don’t find yourself wearing this concoction right off the bat, you may be on the right track.
As a drink, the Bosom Caresser is actually pretty decent. It is sweetish and very rich in texture. Use good grenadine and you have a nice little tang as well. Drink it quickly though, as it does not improve as it warms.
As for how it looks…. I did not do a picture of the drink for a couple of reasons. First, where this drink really fails to be great is in appearance. A great cocktail has to look good, and this one looks cloudy and a sickly yellow-brown. Second, if I did a picture of the drink, I wouldn’t have an excuse to post the two pics I am using which are so much more appropriate anyway.
Regardless, if you are looking to roll the dice, connubially or cocktail-wise, give the Bosom Caresser a shot, with a smile.


  1. I have Rathbun’s “Good Spirits”, which is also a pretty decent book.

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  2. brian12566

    5 March

    Your greatest blog post ever.

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  3. Jake

    5 March

    Stellar Pics!

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  4. Doug

    6 March

    I iz evil. What can I say.

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  5. Doug

    7 March

    DJ, I don’t know why your comments keep going into my SPAM bucket! Sorry it took so long for your to show up!

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  6. A.J.

    9 March

    Doug, thanks for the shout out–and for lovely, um, drink pics in this post. The Bosom Caresser is a dandy little drink for those sweeter moments, but even more so such a great name.

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