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 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 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…