Affinity Cocktail


Scotch is notoriously difficult to mix with. Much like your drunken uncle at the Thanksgiving table, often times it can be pleasant. But only under the correct circumstances.

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Addington Cocktail


Low ABV cocktails are all the rage in the US right now, and with good reason. This classic cocktail from The Savoy Cocktail Book combines sweet and dry vermouth for a lovely, balanced, low-ABV treat.

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


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 […]

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


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 […]

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


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


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 […]