Mah Jongg Cocktail

Unless it is the 1970s with its mood rings and pet rocks, I can think of few decades in the last century with more fads than the 1920s. The Charleston, flag pole sitting,… Continue reading

Dubonnet: The Other Vermouth

How does one get a bunch of hard-bitten, French Foreign Legionaires to take their medicine? Put it in a bottle of wine, of course! In the nineteenth century, quinine was the prescribed preventative… Continue reading

“The only real cure for a hangover is death.”

Robert Benchley

Leg Before Wicket

“So they’re talking about amending the leg-before-wicket rule again. I don’t know why they bother, for they’ll never get it right until they go back to the old law which said that if… Continue reading

Little Devil

According to 1927’s Barflies and Cocktails, this recipe comes to us from Fritz at Ciro’s Bar in London. Harry Craddock printed it verbatim in his Savoy Cocktail Book a couple of years later. It is… Continue reading

Alaska Cocktail

Alaska was not even a state when this combination of gin and yellow Chartreuse was invented. The drink does not contain snow or even ice. It is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Martini… Continue reading

Bebe’s Special Cocktail

She played “The Girl” opposite Harold Lloyd’s “The Boy.” Once, while staying in a hotel in Chicago, her jewelry was stolen. None other than Al Capone put out the word that the jewelry… Continue reading

The Bastard Offspring of Martini

Variations on the simple, elegant, versatile martini are legion. After the beautifully stylish libation was created, people started fiddling with it. An endless flurry of a dash of this and a splash of… Continue reading

Leave out the garbage and make mine the old fashioned way!

The Old Fashioned is a drink that is so obvious that it hardly seems worth writing about. However, I would be wrong. This drink is not written about nearly enough. If it were… Continue reading

“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”

William Shakespeare—The Merry Wives of Windsor

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