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The Campden Cocktail

The Campden Cocktail has been around at least since Prohibition, but has been generally disregarded. I first encountered it in Robert Grimes’s Straight Up or on the Rocks, but I can find nothing about its history other than its 1930 appearance in The Savoy Cocktail Book. It is rarely included in drink listings. Curious (and suspicious) at this neglect, I mixed some up. Continue reading “The Campden Cocktail”

Trilby Cocktail (Vermouth)

The Trilby seems to be another cocktail with something of an identity crisis. I first learned of it from Paul Clark’s article on aperitifs. It wasn’t until I turned to the Savoy Cocktail Book to refresh my memory about the formula and found a recipe I didn’t recognize that I began to suspect that ordering a Trilby in a bar could have unpredictable results.  The Trilby that the Savoy knows is a completely different cocktail, with absinthe and parfait amour utterly changing the taste, and even the color, of the drink. Continue reading “Trilby Cocktail (Vermouth)”

The Countrypolitan Cocktail

I still remember my earliest encounter with a bartender who could remember my cocktails. My bride and I arrived for our first dinner at Goodfellows, which was well on its way to becoming the best restaurant in Minneapolis at the time. We were early, so we wandered into the glass and steel bar, and placed our fledgling-cocktail-drinkers martini orders—one Absolut on the rocks, one Tanqueray up with olive. The drinks arrived cold and clear, and we had become David’s new customers.

But that isn’t when we knew he was a first-rate bartender. Continue reading “The Countrypolitan Cocktail”

Pegu Club Cocktail

Rangoon… I’ve never been there; all I know of the city is its evocative, roundly poetic name, its portrayal in the movies, and a little bit of WW2 history.

Continue reading “Pegu Club Cocktail”

Derby Cocktail (Bourbon)

Trying to track down the One True Derby Cocktail is a fool’s errand.

So many Derbies, so little time. Continue reading “Derby Cocktail (Bourbon)”

The Sidecar Cocktail

Alas! that so few bars are prepared to serve a properly made Sidecar, and so many prepared to abuse us with sours shot from guns. I’ll save that rant for another day. Continue reading “The Sidecar Cocktail”

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