The Alabazam was supposedly created by an American expatriate Leo Engel when working at the Criterion Hotel in London. The main focus is an obscure recipe that appears in his 1878 book American and Other Drinks. The drink is basically a Brandy Sour, made more aromatic with several dashes of bitters to highlight the citrus tang of curaçao and the spice of its unusual Armagnac base. This cognac-based version was created by Jamie Boudreau of Canon in Seattle for the modern palate that prefers a zing of bittered spice.
- Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.
- Double strain into a Nick and Nora glass. No garnish.