What came first, the chicken or the Clover Club Cocktail?

Egg in cocktails is something at which many people balk. Raw eggs are slimy, dangerous, and the drink will taste like an omelette. Well…no. I’ll grant you they’re slimy to begin with, but… Continue reading

Captain’s Blood: a daiquiri fit for a pirate

If you had been wrongfully convicted of treason, sold into slavery, then managed to escape, you’d turn pirate, too. I know the drink is called Captain’s Blood, but I could not help but… Continue reading

The Parisian Cocktail

I am one of those strange Americans who actually like the French, and Paris is my favorite city. I will never, however, be a Parisian. Aside from the fact that I do not… Continue reading

The Eagle’s Dream Cocktail

The Eagle’s Dream can be found in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930. The cocktail utilizes violet liqueur and egg white. The resultant drink is a pale blue sky with a white, foamy… Continue reading

The Boulevardier

Paris in the 1920s—Hemingway hanging out at Les Deux Magots, now determined to be a writer, the first signs of cantankerousness lining his youthful face; impeccably dressed Scott Fitzgerald, tossing back drinks with… Continue reading

The Mary Pickford Cocktail

America’s Sweetheart was, apparently, fond of the occasional tipple. Her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, was not. I guess you need to be sober to somersault off buildings and fight pirates.  Of course, Fairbanks did… Continue reading

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable–G.K. Chesterton

I’ve Never Met Napoleon, but I plan to Find the Time: The Napoleon Cocktail

The fist time I saw Abel Gance’s 1927 silent film “Napoleon,” I was not thinking much about cocktails that bore his name.  Cocktails, beyond a gin and tonic or a Long Island Iced… Continue reading

The Sherman

The Sherman Cocktail is another one from the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book and is an inverted riff on the good ol’ Manhattan Cocktail, but with a few surprises. In this case, the vermouth… Continue reading

Vermouth’s Lament

Vermouth, like gin, seems to be one of those ingredients that many people do not like. Or understand.  And since they do not understand it they chase it about the village wielding torches… Continue reading

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