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Rum and Falernum — the Corn ’n Oil Cocktail

Drinks are named for places, religions, sweethearts, politicians, even political parties. Some drinks draw their names from song lyrics, some reflect ideas and aspirations. And some have names are utterly inscrutable, like the Corn ’n Oil Cocktail.

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Classic Tiki: the Jet Pilot

My uncle was a pilot. Hal flew light, high-wing planes, the type you’d fly into northern Ontario to hunt moose. A couple times a year, he’d fly to visit us, landing in Trimble’s pasture across the road from our house. A low fly-over to let us know he was there, a tight turn over the telephone lines, and there he’d be, roaring across the clover to park by the electric fence next to our mailbox. He knew how to make an exciting entry.

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The X-15, Saturn, and the Finer Points of Bad Behavior

My father introduced me to model airplane kits, and I was hooked. I always enjoyed the fun of learning about the airplanes, selecting the “next one,” working through the pieces of the kit, adding paint and decals, getting my fingers glued together, and finally adding each finished airplane to the growing collection on the shelves above my desk.

One of the last kits I assembled, and the strangest of the lot, was the X-15 rocket plane, Continue reading “The X-15, Saturn, and the Finer Points of Bad Behavior”

Extra effort, extra reward: the Pearl Diver’s Punch

Cocktailing is not so very different from cooking or baking—gather ingredients, follow the recipe, enjoy—but while I’ll put up with all sorts of preparation and procedure in baking or in cooking dinner, I find that I value simplicity and off-handed quickness in drink making.

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The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail is built squarely on a tropical Caribbean foundation—despite the fact that Bermuda is hundreds of miles out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The drink combines rum, lime, and sugar—the combination Jeff Berry refers to as “the Holy Trinity of Caribbean mixology”—but the sweetness is applied in the form of nutty, gingery falernum syrup and orange liqueur.

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Three Dots and a Dash

One of the lasting icons of World War II is the public image of Winston Churchill—short, round, with a fat cigar clamped pugnaciously in his jaw.

And that ubiquitous, two-fingered “V” salute that became shorthand for the hope and courage of Allied soldiers and civilians alike.

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Planter’s Punch

There are many names for this version of rum, citrus and sugar: “Planter’s Cocktail,” “Jamaican Rum Punch,” and most commonly, Planter’s Punch.

Planter’s Punch is more of a drink category than a single recipe. In its simplest form—rum, sugar, lime (or lemon), water, perhaps some tea, and spice or bitters—it is clearly the direct descendant of the classic rum punches of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Continue reading “Planter’s Punch”

Making Zombie Punch

I never paid much attention to Tiki drinks because of all the hokey trappings—you know: the faux South Seas ambience, the silly mugs, fake idols, umbrellas and overwrought garnishes, the ingredient lists as long as your arm… Continue reading “Making Zombie Punch”

Index

A

151 Swizzle

1794

1795

75

Affinity

Agavoni

Airmail

Alabazam

Amargo

Ancient Mariner, The

Arnaud’s Special Cocktail

Asterisk

Atlas

Atomic

Atty

Automobile

Aviation

B

Bamboo

Bardstown Sling, Bardstown Old-Fashioned

Bee’s Knees

Between the Sheets

Big Smoke

Bijou

Black Manhattan

Black Pearl

Blackthorne

Bloody Mary

Blood and Sand

Blue Moon

Bombay

Boulevardier

Brainstorm

Brandy Crusta

Bronx

Brooklyn (part 2)

Brown Derby

Brut Nature

Burnt Fuselage

C

Caipirinha

Cameron’s Kick

Campden

Champagne Cocktail

Chatham Artillery Punch

Chicago Martini

Choke and Smoke

Chrysanthemum

Cloister

Clover Club / Clover Leaf

Conference

Cooper Union

Corn ’n Oil

Corpse Reviver (No. 2)

Cosmopolitan

Countrypolitan

Creole

Crimson Slippers

D

Daiquiri

De Rigueur (Brown Derby)

Derby Cocktail (Bourbon)

Derby Cocktail (Gin)

Dernier Mot

Deshler

Devil’s Soul

Diamondback

Diki-Diki

Dirty Martini

Doctor

Dubliner

E

Eggnog

El Presidente

F

Fairbank

Final Ward

Finer Points of Bad Behavior, The

Fog Cutter

French 75

French Pear

Full House

Future Ghost

G

Gibson

Gimlet

Gin Rickey

Gold Rush

H

Handsome Devil

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky (Amaro Mio)

Hart of Darkness

Harvard

Hesitation

Honey Bee

Hotel Nacional Special

Hurricane

I

Income Tax

Irish Martini Cocktail

J

Jack Rose

James Joyce

Japanese

Jet Pilot

Jungle Bird

K

Kangaroo

L

La Louisiane

Lafayette

Last Word

Leap Year

Libertine

Lucien Gaudin

M

Mai Tai

Manhattan

Margarita

Marlene Dietrich

Martinez

Martini

Martini (Smoky)

Mary Pickford

McKinley’s Delight (Remember the Maine)

Merry Widow

Metropole

Mint Julep

Mojito del Coronado

Monkey Gland

Morning Glory

N

Navy Grog

Negroni (Tequila) (Mezcal)

New Orleans Gin Fizz

Night of the Hunter

Noa Noa

Normandie (Calvados Negroni)

O

Of the Older Fashion

Old Cuban

Old Pal

Old-Fashioned, Whiskey (2)

Old-Fashioned, Whiskey, Improved

Oliveto

Olympic

Opera

Oriental

P

Paloma

Pantomime

Paper Plane

Pearl Diver

Pearl Diver’s Punch

Pegu Club

Philadelphia Fish House Punch

Pisco Sour

Planter’s Punch

Preakness

Q

Queen’s Park Swizzle

R

Ramos Fizz

Red Hook

Red Snapper

Remember the Maine

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Rye Witch

S

Saratoga (Rye) (Scotch)

Satan’s Whiskers

Saturn

Savoy Tango

Sazarac (rye) (cognac)

Scofflaw

Seelbach

Seventh Heaven

Sidecar

Silver

Smoky Martini (aka Chicago Martini, Dusty Martini)

Stinger

Stork Club

T

Test Pilot

Three Dots and a Dash

Three Mile Limit

Ti’ Punch

Tom Collins

Toronto

Trilby (Bourbon) (Vermouth)

Tuxedo

Twelve Mile Limit

Twentieth Century

V

Vesper

Vieux Carré

W

Ward 8

Whiskey Sour

Widow’s Kiss, The

X

X-15

Z

Z is for Zillah

Zombie Punch

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