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

Bank’s Closed Cocktail

“I’m goofy for ya!” “You’re bent.” “I think you’re the cat’s pajamas!” “Oh, tell it to Sweeney.” “Howsabout we ankle it over the struggle buggy for a pet!” “Sorry, Mac. Bank’s closed.” The… Continue reading

Twentieth Century Cocktail

The Twentieth Century cocktail, a potation of gin, Lillet, and creme de cacao, is firmly ensconced in the modern craft cocktail revival canon and can be found in the The Cafe Royal Bar… Continue reading

The Burnt Fusalage

Pennsylvanian, Charles Kerwood, flew bombers for the French during World War I as part of the Lafayette Flying Corps. He was shot down and captured, then wounded trying to escape. For his service,… Continue reading

The Manhattan Cocktail

Back to basics. Liquor, sweetener, bitters. That’s the cocktail in its simplest form. So simple, yet so misunderstood. The Manhattan has suffered a similar fate to the Martini over the years: people can’t… Continue reading


A cocktail named after a hat style. Why not? And another drink older than I imagined. In 1882, Sarah Bernhardt played a character named Fedora who wore a short-brimmed hat creased down the… Continue reading

Floradora Cocktail

A gin cooler named for a musical comedy which opened in London in 1899 and ran for more than 450 performances. It then came across the pond and played on Broadway for another… Continue reading

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