Mamie Yes, Mamie No?

The Mamie Taylor cocktail. Every heard of it? No? You’re not alone. This under-appreciated classic is not even on the menu of most modern hallowed halls of cocktails.  This long forgotten libation first appeared in print in The Bartender’s Book by Jack T0wnsend in 1952. However, by this point, the Mamie Taylor was already long … Continue reading Mamie Yes, Mamie No?

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

A Twist of the Lion’s Tail

When you hear the phrase “twisting the lion’s tail”, a cocktail is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Most likely visions of violence on the African plains as a result of an ill-advised activity spring to mind.  But, in the 1930s, “twisting the lion’s tail” was American slang for anything distinctly British.  Based … Continue reading A Twist of the Lion’s Tail

Lucid at Prohibition

I don’t think there is a more misunderstood liquor than absinthe.  To this day, if you ask people about it, you’ll get questions like, “Isn’t that the stuff that makes you hallucinate?” or “Doesn’t it make you go insane?”  Yet, in all the research that has been done in recent years there is no evidence … Continue reading Lucid at Prohibition