The Victory Cocktail

Sometimes, when perusing old bartending guides, one happens upon a recipe that is just too intriguing to pass up. Sometimes these are drinks that sound like they’d be really good, but even more often they sound terrible. Whether they will be as terrible as they sound is pretty much what makes them worth trying. This…

Review: Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin

I picked up a bottle of this recently on a trip to Colorado. Uncle Val’s is distilled by 35 Maple Street, out of Sonoma, California, although the bottle says it was bottled in Bend, Oregon. I don’t know what’s up with that discrepancy, but in any case it’s an immaterial one. The gin’s featured botanicals…

The Not for Export Cocktail

This drink comes from Ted Saucier’s 1951 Bottoms Up, and received third place in the 1948 International Cocktail Competition. It was invented by the head barman at London’s Maison Prunier, if that means anything to you. It’s a pretty simple cocktail that features a rather rare ingredient, Drambuie. If you’re not familiar with Drambuie, it’s a…

The Oppenheim Cocktail

After a nice long holiday weekend up in beautiful Ouray, Colorado, I’m back in beautiful New Mexico. For all three of my regular readers, I apologize for not supplying you with drink recipes for the last few days. For today’s drink, we return to Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. While long on recipes, Ensslin’s…

The Kentucky Derby Cocktail

I guess I should have made this one a few weeks ago, but whatever. It comes from Ted Saucier’s 1951 book, Bottoms Up, and he credits the drink to one Bill Corum, then-president of Churchill Downs. The Recipe: 2/3 bourbon 1/3 Benedectine (I used 2 oz. of bourbon) Shake with ice and strain into an old-fashioned…

The Siboney

Another 1950s Trader Vic invention, the Siboney was named either for an indigenous Cuban people, or a well-known Cuban song of the late 1920s. Or both. The drink appears in Vic’s 1974 Rum Cookery & Drinkery, although I have taken it from Jeff Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean. Berry describes it as a variation of the daiquiri,…