The Elder Fashioned

Generally, I focus on classic or “vintage” cocktails from the 1920s and 1930s, culled from various bartending guides published during those years, or from more recent volumes mining more obscure sources of that period. But for the next few posts, I’m going to highlight a few selections from Robert Simonson’s new book, The Old-Fashioned. Within, he…

The Flying Scotchman

Ok, maybe Scotch cocktails aren’t all that rare, because here’s another one from the Savoy Cocktail Book. This is essentially a minor variation on the Rob Roy, which is really a minor variation on the Manhattan. This is also, apart from the vermouth, akin to an old-fashioned, i.e. whiskey with bitters and sugar. And hey, it’s…

The Pendennis Cocktail

Like the Spencer, the Barnum (Was Right), and the Paradise, the Pendennis Cocktail is another drink built on a 2:1 gin to apricot brandy ratio. Rather than lemon or orange juice, however, this one uses lime juice for its sour component – which turns out to be a very good thing indeed. The drink is…

The New Amsterdam Cocktail

I’ve been hankering to pick up a bottle of genever for a while now, and finally pulled the trigger yesterday. Genever is a Dutch spirit (the word is Dutch for “juniper”), and you can probably figure out both from its name and its translation that it is a precursor to gin. While it was the…

The Trilby Cocktail No. 2

The Trilby cocktail, which possibly takes its name from the same source as the fedora-like hat, George du Maurier’s 1894 novel of the same name (by way of a London stage adaptation)…man, this sentence has become too complex. Anyway. There are a lot of recipes for this thing, going back to about 1900 (further evidence…

Pink Gin

Pink Gin is a very common cocktail that shows up in just about every vintage cocktail book you can find. The recipe is usually just gin and one or two dashes of bitters, with Angostura usually but not always specified. So it’s obviously a very simple drink, and it’s probably going to taste mostly like…