Devil May Care Cocktail

devil may care 4Def.: relaxed and without worry; easygoing and carefree. Get a couple of these under your belt and you won’t care if all the hair has fallen off your prized pekingese or if your pants are on fire.

As this cocktail is a variation of the Little Devil (click here), the name seemed fitting. It also happened to be the name of an early “talkie” from 1929 starring Ramon Navarro as a rabid Bonapartist who manages to escape the firing squad (neat trick, that), Marion Harris as the plucky friend who hides him from pursuing provosts, and Dorothy Jordan, a staunch Royalist and friend of Harris who falls in love with Navarro.

devil may care 2Advertised as a romantic musical, singing 1920s songs in Napoleonic France has never been my thing. There is also a 2-strip Techicolor sequence of dancers celebrating Napoleon Bonaparte’s return from exile which looks a tad more like something from the Ziegfeld Follies than anything from Imperial France. Navarro has a more than passable singing voice and Marion Harris was a professional jazz singer. Dorothy Jordan not so much.

Devil May Care 

1 oz Rum

1 oz Bourbon or Rye

1/2 oz Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Cointreau

2-4 dashes Orange Bitters

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. garnish with a lemon and an orange twist.

Relax and enjoy

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