Of Thee I Sing, Baby

Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up, from 1951, brings us this drink, courtesy of William Gaxton, “Star of Stage, Screen, and TV.” No, I’d never heard of him either, and I’m more than averagely versed in classic Hollywood. Well, whatever. Dude made a hell of a drink, even if his naming of it left something to be desired.…

The Nineteen Cocktail

This drink was almost certainly named after Paul Hardcastle’s 1985 hit single of the same name, the title of which referenced the average age of the American combat soldier in Vietnam. Oh no, wait. This drink came much earlier, first appearing in (as best I can tell) The Savoy Cocktail Book. A slightly different version (substituting…

The Robinson Cocktail

I found this one in a reprint edition of Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler, published in 1895. And not that I have every other cocktail guide, but by 1917’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks, the Robinson fails to appear; nor does it show up in any of the subsequently published guides I have. So not very…