Hanky Panky

May 31, 2013 (Day 22) – Hanky Panky This cocktail originally appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in 1930.  1.5 oz gin 1.5 oz sweet vermouth 2 dashes Fernet Branca Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over the top the drink and then drop the peel in. Fernet […]

Gin and White Rock

May 30, 2013 (Day 21) – Gin and White Rock This cocktail originally appeared in Shake ‘Em Up! by Virginia Elliott & Phil D. Stong in 1932. 1.5 oz gin 1 tsp sugar White Rock seltzer water to top Dissolve one teaspoon of sugar in the bottom of a tall glass. Add two a dashes of […]

Arnaud’s Special Cocktail

May 29, 2013 (Day 20) – Arnaud’s Special Cocktail This cocktail originally appeared in Bottoms Up by Ted Saucier in 1951.  2 oz scotch 1 oz Dubonnet Rouge 3 dashes orange bitters Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnished with an orange twist. As […]

Fairbank Cocktail

May 28, 2013 (Day 19) – Fairbank Cocktail This cocktail originally appeared in ABC of Mixing Cocktails by Harry McElhone in 1922. 1.75 oz gin .75 oz dry vermouth 2 dashes orange bitters 2 dashes créme de noyeaux Stir in a mixing glass filled with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish […]


May 27, 2013 (Day 18) – Planter’s This recipe appeared in How to Mix Drinks by Bill Edwards, published in 1936. 1.5 oz dark rum 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice 1.5 oz fresh orange juice Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake well – at least 30 seconds or […]

Classic Gin Smash

May 26, 2013 (Day 17) – Classic Gin Smash One of the most popular (okay, the most popular) cocktails we’ve ever written about on these pages is the Gin Basil Smash. However, this is based on a classic cocktail that preferred in Jerry Thomas’ original 1800s tome. This one uses mint instead of basil, but […]

Chevy Chase

May 25, 2013 (Day 16) – Chevy Chase So, imagine our surprise when scouring classic cocktail books from the 1930s we came across a very familiar name. A name, in fact, that influenced our sense of humor in countless possible ways. Appearing on page 26 of the 1934 book What Shall We Drink? by Magnus Bredenbek, […]


May 24, 2013 (Day 15) – Sloeberry Not all classic cocktails are unnecessarily complex. Sometimes its as simple as modifying the base spirit by tinge. The Sloeberry takes the base of sloe gin and adjusts it with a few tiny dashes of bitters to modify the flavors. Sloeberry 1 oz sloe gin 1 dash Angostura […]

Perfect Manhattan

May 23, 2013 (Day 14) – Perfect Martini My first experience with the Perfect Manhattan, truthfully, comes from The Simpsons. More specifically the third season episode “Bar the Murderer” where Bart becomes a bartender for the mafia. They ask him for a Perfect Manhattan. Perfect Manhattan  2 oz rye 1 oz dry vermouth 1 oz sweet […]

Racquet Club

May 22, 2013 (Day 13) – Racquet Club There’s an honesty in classic cocktails. And when I say there’s an honesty, I mean there usually isn’t much complexity in the ingredient list. That, and they really, really freakin’ liked their gin and bitters. Take, for instance, the Racquet Club. Racquet Club 2 oz Plymoth Gin […]