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

The Dizzy Sour

This cocktail is adapted from one found in David Wondrich’s Imbibe. As with any sour drink, it is largely a mater of taste just how sour one desires it. As a sour, I expect… Continue reading

The Commodore

Opened in 1919, the Commodore Hotel in New York was an impressive U-shaped building next to Grand Central Terminal. Apparently F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda were kicked out of the Commodore for rowdiness,… Continue reading

The Sheik

Apparently, staring wide-eyed at Agnes Ayres as if someone had just jabbed you in the leg with a pin caused theater goers (presumably women) in 1921 to swoon in the aisles. Rudolph Valentino… Continue reading

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