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The Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx Cocktail is a light and simple drink, something you might serve as a luncheon cocktail, or even a brunch cocktail, if you’re looking for something more assertive than the usual Mimosas and Bellinis to launch you into the noonday sunshine. Continue reading “The Bronx Cocktail”

The Seventh Heaven Cocktail

The Seventh Heaven Cocktail is a quick, simple, and summery gin sour. The formula—gin, citrus juice, and Maraschino—will be familiar as the basis of the Aviation in its late 20th-century incarnation—the one without crème de violette. Continue reading “The Seventh Heaven Cocktail”

The Derby Cocktail, gin and peaches

The Derby Cocktail family has two major branches: the bourbon Derbies, and the gin Derbies. I suspect the two lines of development are a reflection of whether your horses are running in Kentucky or in England.

The hallmark of the gin branch of the family is the three-way flavor blend of gin, mint, and peach. Continue reading “The Derby Cocktail, gin and peaches”

Detroit’s Finest: The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is another of those cocktails that just doesn’t look right on paper. Chartreuse and Maraschino? C’mon, man, that doesn’t make any sense at all. Continue reading “Detroit’s Finest: The Last Word Cocktail”

Gimlet Cocktail: the libertarian’s delight

It seems that the better known a cocktail is, the more it resists the constricts of a recipe—as Jimmy Durante used to say, “everybody wants to get into the act.” A few of the most famous don’t even adhere to a canonical list of ingredients—for example, the Martini, which Camper English recently described as “a set of variables and constants,” rather than a single drink.

The Gimlet carries this free-for-all to an extreme. Continue reading “Gimlet Cocktail: the libertarian’s delight”

The Silver Cocktail

The Silver Cocktail is a Prohibition-era cross between the Martinez and the Martini. Truly old-style, at equal parts gin and vermouth, it seems to reside comfortably on its own branch of the Martini family tree. Continue reading “The Silver Cocktail”

What color is the Blue Moon Cocktail?

Quick! What color is the Blue Moon Cocktail?

It’s blue, right? It’s called the Blue Moon.

Yes and no. As it turns out, the original Blue Moon was… red.  Continue reading “What color is the Blue Moon Cocktail?”

Mixing with Fernet Branca—the Hanky Panky Cocktail

I have no idea where I first came across the Hanky Panky, nor why I thought it would be a good idea to try a drink with such an off-putting, cutesy name (it turns out there’s a Prohibition-era story there), and made with Fernet-Branca, an ingredient with what Paul Clarke described in a recent Imbibe article as a “caustic reputation.” Continue reading “Mixing with Fernet Branca—the Hanky Panky Cocktail”

Aviation Cocktail

The history of the Aviation Cocktail is a tale of neglect and abuse, rehabilitation and redemption, and even controversy. Sort of like Cinderella with politics. I love these cocktails with stories. Continue reading “Aviation Cocktail”

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