The London Cocktail

Have you ever been to a deli or restaurant that is really old, and keeps copies of old menus on the wall? I’m thinking about Musso and Frank’s in LA; they have a huge menu from the 1920s (or so) hanging up near the rear entrance, and it’s got all kinds of horrible things on…

The Paradise Cocktail

I first made one of these out of a recipe from Tiki Drinks, illustrated by SHAG, back before I really knew much of anything about making a decent cocktail. The recipes within tend to be overly sweet, with a hefty reliance on sweet and sour and an imbalance between the alcohol and the accompanying juices (when…

The Sunshine Cocktail No. 1

I always wonder about these cocktails with the same name but different recipes. Are they meant to be variations of each other, or are they cases where people independently came up with very different cocktails that just happened to be given the same moniker? Obviously, in the cases of things like Manhattans or Martinis, it’s…

The Savoy Tango

This drink was invented at the Savoy Hotel in London, perhaps by Harry Craddock himself, although the book only specifies that it was “a very great favourite” there. Perhaps tastes have changed, because this thing isn’t very good. In fact, I have yet to find much of anything featuring apple brandy to be especially good.…

The Vanderbilt Cocktail

According to Erik Ellestad of “The Savoy Stomp” – yes, I’m not the first to come up with the idea of making an expansive number of drinks out of the Savoy Cocktail Book; Ellestad made them all in alphabetical order, replicating as best he could any ingredients no longer available, such as Hercules, although, unlike what…