White Spider Cocktail

“The femme fatale is a spider, blood red lips and black-kohled eyes, nip-waisted, weaving her web of intrigue…Ah, look, another victim. Twitch and fret all you like, the threads just tighten. Deep buried fangs… Continue reading

Beauty Secret Cocktail

She traveled the world from St Petersburg to New York, to Paris, London, Rome. She sang in La Bohéme, La Traviata, Carmen. She had her own line of cosmetic products; she was called… Continue reading

Kiki Cocktail

She was born in 1901 in Burgundy, France. By 1929, she had published her memoirs (introduced by Ernest Hemingway, no less). Her star had risen quickly, indeed. Alice Prin, best known as Kiki… Continue reading

Algonquin Cocktail

“I’m not a writer with a drinking problem, I’m a drinker with a writing problem.” – Dorothy Parker The name Algonquin cannot be mentioned without visions of the [in]famous Round Table, graced by… Continue reading

Sennett’s Bathing Beauty Cocktail

Mack Sennett is probably best remembered for inflicting upon the world the slapstick antics of the  Keystone Cops. The buffoonery of his cartoonish police force notwithstanding, Sennett knew what sold; and that was… Continue reading

Flapper Cocktail

Lois Long was the quintessential flapper. Tall and lean with stylish bobbed hair, she drank, she smoked, and she stayed out all night. She ran a regular social column in the New Yorker… Continue reading

Commander Livesey’s Gin Blind Cocktail

Charles H. Baker, Jr. had been everywhere. He went deep sea fishing with Earnest Hemingway. He drank with William Faulkner. He knew bartenders from Tokyo to New York by their first names. He… Continue reading

La Louisiane Cocktail

It’s hot and muggy outside and it’s put me in a New Orleans state of mind. There is something—je ne sais quoi—about that city that defies explanation. In many ways, it is the… Continue reading

The Venerable Rickey Cocktail

There are as many recipes for a Rickey as there are recipes for spaghetti sauce or barbecue. The common denominators are citrus (almost always lime), soda water, and ice (for a Rickey, not… Continue reading

“If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a saloon.”

W.C. Fields

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