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…

The Huntington Special Cocktail

Another from Ted Saucier’s 1951 book Bottoms Up, the Huntington Special takes its name from Pasadena’s venerable Huntington Hotel, which is still going strong after more than 100 years (the original building was torn down, but the current building is a near-replica, and the grounds are fantastic – worth checking out if you’re in the LA…

The Tipperary Cocktail (no. 1)

In Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 Recipes for Mixed Drinks, there is only one Tipperary Cocktail; by the time Harry Craddock published the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, a second had been added, but Craddock included Ensslin’s version as the Tipperary Cocktail No. 1. This is one of those straightforward combinations of three fairly common ingredients, using equal measures…

The Mamie Taylor

It’s been too long since we pulled a drink from Ted Haigh’s inimitable Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, one of the best introductions to classic cocktails for the aspiring mixologist. I’ve made most of the drinks in it already, but that was before I was blogging, so the blog is a good chance to revisit the…

Cherry Pop

While we (I) normally focus on vintage cocktails, today’s drink is a more contemporary creation, invented by bartender Jane Danger and featured in Jim Meehan’s PDT Cocktail Book. Almost certainly, it calls for fresh cherries, as “pitted cherries” are specified. But, I didn’t have any, plus I love any excuse to put as many Tillen Farms…

The Yachting Club Cocktail

Yes, but which Yachting Club? Or is this drink applicable to any Yachting Club? What about Yacht Clubs? Sadly, these will forever be among the unanswered mysteries of life. What we can answer is that this drink first appeared in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Actually, no, I can’t even say that for…