The Honolulu Cocktail

Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks lists one version of the Honolulu Cocktail, and his is the recipe we’ll be featuring here. The Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930 lists two versions, one of which is identical to Ensslin’s. Meanwhile, The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, from 1935, features, under “Pre-Prohibition Cocktails,” three different versions, none of which match either…

The Rob Roy and the Rory O’More

These two cocktails (the Rob Roy quite well-known, the Rory O’More less so) are basically variants of the Manhattan, using, respectively, Scotch and Irish whiskies, albeit variations using the no-longer-in-favor 1:1 ratio of whiskey to vermouth. The Rob Roy, presumably, is the older of the drinks, while the Rory O’More’s name was probably chosen to…

The Mood Indigo Cocktail

Another from Charles Baker’s The Gentlemen’s Companion (1939), the Mood Indigo was named, presumably, after Duke Ellington’s 1930 hit song of the same name. That Baker discovered the drink (in Nice, France) in 1932 certainly strengthens the connection. And it’s a fitting name, as the drink is a very unusual dusky color, thanks once again to…

Hell in the Pacific

This drink is a Jeff Berry original, but it’s not that original. As he tells it in Beachbum Berry Remixed, it’s merely a tweaking of the Myrtle Bank Punch. But it’s a solid, if subtle, tweaking, resulting in a cocktail that remedies most of that other drink’s flaws. The Recipe: 1 1/2 ounces Lemon Hart 151 rum…

The Fair and Warmer Cocktail

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I was visiting a dear friend in Canada for about a week, where we all had a lovely time until I fell down the stairs and dislocated my shoulder. But it’s doing well enough now to get back to mixing, at least with stirred drinks. Also,…