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 was released.  Prof. Harold Hill referred to Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang – a popular magazine from the 1910s that featured bawdy cartoons and jokes.

The Whiz-Bang cocktail offers a veritable explosion of flavors in a single cocktail.

  • 2 oz scotch whiskey
  • 1 oz French (dry) vermouth
  • 2 dashes absinthe
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Grenadine to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



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