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…

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…