Shall I make you a Martini? Gin or vodka? Bitters? Lots of vermouth? No vermouth? Olive or twist? Up or rocks? Such a simple drink, so many options. And opinions.
So where do you stand on “dirty?” Continue reading “The Dirty Martini”
To judge from the film and literature of the time, it seems that social drinkers of the 1920s and ’30s (and, indeed, for much of the Twentieth Century) found it amusing to drink too much, wake up in the morning with a hangover, complain about the hangover, then drink some more to get rid of the hangover. This “hair of the dog” cliché supposedly helped to illuminate a character’s social standing, lifestyle and intelligence. Continue reading “The Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail — not just for breakfast anymore”
The French 75 Cocktail is a tribute to the 75mm artillery piece that the French and Americans fielded in World War I. Its story is a reminder that cocktails evolve; sometimes good things are lost, sometimes good things are gained. In the case of the French 75 cocktail, both things happened.
If you’re looking for a sweet cocktail, something more historic than the Cosmopolitan, I can think of no better place to start than the Martinez. Continue reading “Searching for the Martini: The Martinez Cocktail”
So how much gin is too much gin?
Those familiar with illustrator Edward Gorey may recognize this article’s title as the caption from one of his drawings, the final frame in an alphabet-driven collection called the Gashlycrumb Tinies, about children who meet curious untimely ends. Poor Zillah. Continue reading “Z is for Zillah (who drank too much gin)”
The Atty Cocktail is a Martini with embellishments; if you get the proportions right, those embellishments are surprising, flavorful and entertaining.
Since we’ve been on a gin-and-orange kick, I thought I’d add the Stork Club Cocktail to our list of Prohibition-era drinks. The Stork was famous mainly for its celebrities and its “New Yorkiness,” but its flagship cocktail is worth notice, too.