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…

The Rah-Rah-Rut Cocktail

Normally I don’t much care for absinthe as an ingredient in mixed drinks, although I love the stuff on its own. Looking at this one in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks made me hopeful, though, as it seemed like the quantity of absinthe would lend something nice without overpowering the drink with anise notes.…