The Ideal Cocktail

This drink seems to have a long and rather varied history. It first appears in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 tome, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Therein, it is a simple 2:1 gin/sweet vermouth drink, with 3 dashes of maraschino liqueur and the “juice of a small piece of grapefruit,” which is great if you’re into vagueness. Harry Craddock…

The Park Avenue Cocktail

This is a simple, quick little cocktail, courtesy of Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. He cites it as appearing during the 1940s, and indeed I can find no trace of it earlier in my limited resources. I’ll assume Haigh, in his extensive resources, didn’t either. Given its fairly basic ingredients, it’s rather surprising no…

The Little King Cocktail

This drink was invented by Otto Soglow, and named after his long-running comic strip The Little King. It appears in Ted Saucier’s 1951 book, Bottoms Up, and seemed, I thought, like a promising use for applejack, an ingredient with which I have had only marginal success. It is yet another in a whole series of drinks…

The Moonshine Cocktail

Another from the Savoy Cocktail Book, the Moonshine Cocktail is about as simple as it gets, and also about as tasty. I can’t find any history on this drink, so perhaps it was a Harry Craddock original…but who knows? And who cares? Let’s just get to the recipe. The Recipe: 1.5 oz. gin 1 oz. dry…