Don’t F#%k With My Martini

I will do my very best not to use my trusty soapbox, but I will still keep it close by in case I need it. The concoctions that most “martini” bars foist onto… Continue reading

A Sweet Dance of Love: The Tango Cocktail

    To be accurate, it is the Tango #2 and comes from the The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book printed in 1935. During its heyday, the bar at the “Hyphen”—as the Waldorf-Astoria was… Continue reading

Size Matters

Go into your typical chain restaurant bar and order a drink and it comes in a glass as big as your head. Go to craft cocktail bar and you can hold the glass… Continue reading

Genevieve Lantelme

Why is there not a cocktail named after this woman? Well, it’s probably because she was French, cocktails were American, and she tragically died young before the cocktail really took off in Europe. Still,… Continue reading

A Franco-American Cocktail: The Lafayette

  I discovered the Lafayette cocktail while searching for something else, I forget what, but the name caught my fancy. As with so many cocktails, there is no consensus as to the origin… Continue reading

“Dancing is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” Between the Sheets Cocktail

Another equal-parts (plus a couple of dashes) cocktail that needs no adjustment. It also has two spirits: rum and brandy; three if you count the Cointreau which is 80 proof. A great cocktail… Continue reading

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”-Mae West

“The Dowager Queen of Racing” The Saratoga Cocktail

By the time Mr. Red Smith made his observation about the Saratoga Springs racecourse in 1954, the Saratoga Cocktail had probably fallen out of favor somewhat. By the 1950s, drinks, especially those made… Continue reading

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”: The Daiquiri

I don’t know if anyone has ever described the humble Daiquiri as sophisticated, but dress it up and buy it a new pair of shoes and it shouldn’t embarrass itself in public.  What… Continue reading

Viva l’Italia! Viva Campari!

According to the Campari people, the Italian aperitif was invented in 1860 and they still use the same recipe today. It is bone dry, very bitter, with a spicy funk. In a word,… Continue reading

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