A Franco-American Cocktail: The Lafayette

  I discovered the Lafayette cocktail while searching for something else, I forget what, but the name caught my fancy. As with so many cocktails, there is no consensus as to the origin… Continue reading

“Dancing is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” Between the Sheets Cocktail

Another equal-parts (plus a couple of dashes) cocktail that needs no adjustment. It also has two spirits: rum and brandy; three if you count the Cointreau which is 80 proof. A great cocktail… Continue reading

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”-Mae West

“The Dowager Queen of Racing” The Saratoga Cocktail

By the time Mr. Red Smith made his observation about the Saratoga Springs racecourse in 1954, the Saratoga Cocktail had probably fallen out of favor somewhat. By the 1950s, drinks, especially those made… Continue reading

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”: The Daiquiri

I don’t know if anyone has ever described the humble Daiquiri as sophisticated, but dress it up and buy it a new pair of shoes and it shouldn’t embarrass itself in public.  What… Continue reading

Viva l’Italia! Viva Campari!

According to the Campari people, the Italian aperitif was invented in 1860 and they still use the same recipe today. It is bone dry, very bitter, with a spicy funk. In a word,… Continue reading

Improved Gin Cocktail

In the good ol’ days, a cocktail consisted of nothing more than your liquor of choice (usually brandy or Hollands Gin—whiskey if you were from out of town), a little water, sugar, and… Continue reading

I Hate Gin!

      Bushwa! You got stupid drunk on cheap, bottom shelf gin in college and now you hate the stuff. Can’t bear the thought of gin. It smells like aftershave and tastes… Continue reading

A Balancing Act: The Attention Cocktail

The old cocktail recipe books are a gold mine of information and many a great recipe grace their time-honored pages. The original Attention Cocktail emerges in all its glory, like Venus from her… Continue reading

The Gimlet

What could be more civilized? Sitting in the shade, Gimlet in hand, listening to the hum of the bees, and contemplating the riddle of how something so simple could be so refreshing, when… Continue reading

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