American Scribbles

American Scribbles keeps the FEW American Gin front and center, and tempers some of the sweetness with the bitters and plays on the citrus bite with the orange liqueur.

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, […]

Gin Daisy

May 16, 2013 (Day 7) – Gin Daisy It’s official. Call the morality police. We’re in love with Jerry Thomas. Or at least his book. We’ve never met the man, seeing as we are drastically short on our TARDIS supply. Gin Daisy 3 or 4 dashes of Orgeat, or gum syrup 3 dashes of Maraschino […]


May 9, 2013 (Day 1) – Colonial As mentioned in the post before this one, we are taking the time to explore deep into the history of classic cocktails and to take a look at how these roots have grown into the multi-billion dollar business we know today. This idea has marinated in our minds […]

Church Lady Martini

March 15, 2010 (Day 44) — Church Lady Martini The first cocktail guide I ever purchased was my junior year at the University of Kansas was a book called “Martinis” by Sally Ann Berk, which actually wasn’t so much a book as a series of cards with martini recipes on them and some killer photography Zeva Oelbaum. […]

Gin and Sin

February 24, 2010 (Day 25) — Gin and Sin So, despite all odds, I actually managed to get a full hours worth of exercise in tonight. Was it effective? Lord only knows. But, at least I made the effort, right? I followed up my weight training with a smoothie packed full of fresh fruit, juice […]

The Classic Martini

February 21, 2010 (Day 22) — The Classic Martini Before I get too far into this year-long project, it only makes sense in my mind to touch upon one of the most basic of all cocktails, the famous Martini. So, of course, this means we’re all in store for another history lesson. From the excellent […]

Ramos Gin Fizz

February 03, 2010 (Day 4) — Ramos Gin Fizz Raw eggs are standard for a countless number of dishes (caesar salad), sauces (hollandaise), and drinks (eggnog). And since I don’t have any rum on hand, I’m going to try my hand at a Ramos Gin Fizz. But first! A word of warning from the New […]