The Whist Cocktail

We’re back to that venerable tome, the Savoy Cocktail Book. Today’s drink was, presumably, named after the card game. It utilizes two different spirits, something modern bartenders often frown upon, but a practice that was fairly common back in the Golden Age of cocktails. In this case, they are rum and calvados, a French apple brandy.…

Pisco Punch

Since I’ve got that bottle of pisco open, I might as well continue down that road. Today’s drink was invented sometime in the 1850s or 1860s at the Bank Exchange (good name for a bar…) in San Francisco. If you know your history, you know a lot of Chileans traveled up the west coast of…

The Huntington Special Cocktail

Another from Ted Saucier’s 1951 book Bottoms Up, the Huntington Special takes its name from Pasadena’s venerable Huntington Hotel, which is still going strong after more than 100 years (the original building was torn down, but the current building is a near-replica, and the grounds are fantastic – worth checking out if you’re in the LA…