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

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

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