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

Fedora Cocktail

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

The Canary Murder Case Cocktail

  The Canary Murder Case,¬†for all intents and purposes, ended Louise Brooks’ Hollywood career. It came out at that awkward time in cinema history when the studios were trying to figure out how… Continue reading

The Sheba Cocktail

Betty Blythe had twenty-eight costumes when she played the Queen of Sheba for Fox in 1921. All of them together, she said, could fit in a shoe box. While she glided across the… Continue reading

Napoleon’s Own Cocktail

Napoleon was not known as much of a drinker outside of Chambertin wines. If he had been, history might have turned out quite differently. Get a few drinks into him and he might… Continue reading

The Sazerac Cocktail: A Tale of New Orleans

There is a quality about New Orleans, a sensation even, that is hard to describe. There on the sultry Gulf coast, in the crescent between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, the heat… Continue reading

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

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