York Special

York Special

August 28, 2013 (Day 111) – York Special There was period in pre-Prohibition cocktails where vermouths, ports, sherries, and other heady wines held sway. It was their court, and they really ran the show. If you’re an intrepid cocktail archeologist, it means you have to look through these heavy, heady drinks even if you’re not […]

Young Man

Young Man

August 27, 2013 (Day 110) – Young Man The creepily-named young man is a slightly modified version of the original drink that first garnered the name “Cocktail.” It’s a spirit and bitters. More or less. 3 oz brandy 1 oz French (dry) vermouth 1 dash angostura bitters 2 dashes orange curaçao Combine all the ingredients […]

Prestoman

Prestoman

August 26, 2013 (Day 109) – Prestoman Another pre-Prohibition cocktail, the Prestoman utilizes those ever-popular spirits from the era – brandy and absinthe. Also much like the pre-Prohibition era, it’s full of booze. 4 oz brandy 1 oz Italian (sweet) vermouth 1 oz fresh orange juice 1 dash absinthe Combine the ingredients in a cocktail […]

Whiz-Bang

Whiz-Bang

August 25, 2013 (Day 107) – Whiz-Bang The term Whiz-Bang first showed up in the popular vernacular (or, at least as far linguists can tell) around 1915. It’s used to describe a “one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect.” It also re-entered the lexicon around the 1960s when The Music Man […]

Pineapple Bronx

Pineapple Bronx

August 23, 2013 (Day 106) – Pineapple Bronx It seems to surprise many people that exotic fruits such as pineapple were featured so prominently in pre-prohibition cocktails. However, as more and more people became flush with money, access to these fruits became easier, not to mention the status it instilled in those who could fork […]

Homestead

Homestead

August 20, 2013 (Day 103) – Homestead Sometimes the best cocktails are the simplest. There’s an honesty in these cocktails that allows each of the spirits’ abilities to shine through. However, that also means that the onus is on you as the bartender/mixologist/random-ass drunk guy at the party to make sure that you’re using high-enough […]

Astoria

Astoria

August 17, 2013 (Day 100) – Astoria We’re already on to day 100? Wow, these things move fast. 1.5 oz gin 0.75 oz dry vermouth 2 dashes orange bitters Lemon twist for garnish  

E. Nos

E. Nos

August 15, 2013 (Day 98) – E. Nos This little beauty appeared in the 1930 edition of the Savoy Cocktail Book. 2 oz dry gin (we used The Botanist by Bruicladdich) 1 oz French (dry) vermouth 3 dashes absinthe Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and then shake well. Strain into […]

Green Room

Green Room

Equal parts delightful and frustrating because it offers no preparation tips – just ingredients.

The Ford Cocktail


June 9, 2013 (Day 30) – The Ford Cocktail Hailing from George Kappler’s Modern American Drinks (1895), the Ford Cocktail does not (obviously, to our history buffs) refer to Henry Ford of motorcar fame. Ted Haigh posits in his wonderful book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails that it may have been named after Malcolm Webster […]