Our First Annual OLN “State of the Cocktail” (or a few things we actually remember from last year)

One afternoon back in the summer of 2010, we sat pondering the reoccurring question, “Where can we go for a well-crafted cocktail?” We knew the places had to be out there, but we were continually searching for bars or restaurants that might live up to our libatious needs and exceedingly high expectations with mixed results. …

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The Bitter Edge of a Honeymoon

No, we haven’t traded cocktails for couples counseling.  The honeymoon that we’re talking about is the Honeymoon Cocktail.  This vintage cocktail originally appeared in the Hugo Ensslin’s book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, in 1917, but was made famous as the signature cocktail at the Brown Derby in Los Angeles.  Since then it’s been through many … Continue reading The Bitter Edge of a Honeymoon

Vintage Cocktail Project: East India Cocktail

The phrase “East India” in the late 1800s conjured up exotic images of ancient cultures, mysterious religions, and cocktails.  Well, at least one…cocktail that is.  The original East India Cocktail recipe first appeared in Harry Johnson’s book New and Improved Bartender’s Manual in 1882 and it was an amalgamation of liquors from many parts of … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: East India Cocktail

It Begins…The Alamagoozlum Cocktail

The first cocktail in Ted Haigh’s ode to classic cocktails, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie and Beyond, is the Alamagoozlum cocktail.  This unusual concoction first appeared in the cheeky The Gentleman’s Companion, or Around the World with Jigger, Beaker, and Flask in 1939 under the name “J. Pierpont Morgan’s Alamagoozlum: … Continue reading It Begins…The Alamagoozlum Cocktail

Ted Haigh’s homage to forgotten cocktails provides a road map for some libatious adventures in 2011

Ted Haigh (aka Dr. Cocktail) may be this century’s Jerry Thomas when it comes to the world of cocktails. In 2004 he published the now classic book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie and Beyond. In 2009 he released a beautiful new and vastly expanded edition of the book with … Continue reading Ted Haigh’s homage to forgotten cocktails provides a road map for some libatious adventures in 2011