Journalist Cocktail

This cocktail seems to be a relative latecomer to the classic cocktail cannon which seems unusual. The recipe is quite old-fashioned in a way being, for all intents and purposes, a perfect fancy… Continue reading

Widow’s Kiss Cocktail

There are few cocktails with a name as evocative and enigmatic as the Widow’s Kiss. One wonders why the author of this drink should ascribe so many tastes to the osculation of some… Continue reading

Queen’s Park Swizzle

On a hot day you can find a better use for your ice. Try a Queen’s Park Swizzle instead! The idea for the Queen’s Park Swizzle comes from drinks originally made in the… Continue reading

Old Pal

This cocktail first shows up in an introduction written for Harry McElhone’s 1927 “Barflies and Cocktails.” It is described thusly: “I remember way back in 1878, on the 30th of February to be… Continue reading

The Scofflaw

Put an advert in the newspaper for the public to come up with a name for anyone inclined to ignore the new laws prohibiting the distribution of spiritous liquors and you end up… Continue reading

Jersey Lily Pousse Cafe

Lillie Langtry: lover to the future King Edward VII and mooned over by Judge Roy Bean (who named his saloon after her). Lillie proved to be a force of nature, both as a… Continue reading

Diablo Cocktail

I had a devil of a time tracking down this cocktail’s origin. I finally gave up. As far as I can tell, San Francisco native, William “Cocktail” Boothby, may have been the only… Continue reading

The Follies Cocktail

To glorify beauty is to glorify truth Florenz Ziegfeld Inspired by the Folies Bergère in Paris, Florenz Ziegfeld turned the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York into an American cathedral of beauty. Thus… Continue reading


This delightful libation can be found in the 1917 (second edition) Recipes of Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin where he gives “a complete list of the standard mixed drinks that are in use… Continue reading

Monkey Gland Cocktail

Your word for the day: xenotranplantation. Brought to you by Dr. Serge Voronoff, who came up with the idea to surgically graft monkey testicle tissue to human males in order to increase virility.… Continue reading

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