Rum Old-Fashioned

The other night, I was getting ready to make myself my usual drink, an Old-Fashioned, when I had a whelming sensation to make it with rum instead. It wasn’t an overwhelming sensation, because I didn’t do it. But the thought stuck with me, and the next night I did. I followed the exact template I…

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.…

Of Thee I Sing, Baby

Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up, from 1951, brings us this drink, courtesy of William Gaxton, “Star of Stage, Screen, and TV.” No, I’d never heard of him either, and I’m more than averagely versed in classic Hollywood. Well, whatever. Dude made a hell of a drink, even if his naming of it left something to be desired.…

Hell in the Pacific

This drink is a Jeff Berry original, but it’s not that original. As he tells it in Beachbum Berry Remixed, it’s merely a tweaking of the Myrtle Bank Punch. But it’s a solid, if subtle, tweaking, resulting in a cocktail that remedies most of that other drink’s flaws. The Recipe: 1 1/2 ounces Lemon Hart 151 rum…

The Fair and Warmer Cocktail

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I was visiting a dear friend in Canada for about a week, where we all had a lovely time until I fell down the stairs and dislocated my shoulder. But it’s doing well enough now to get back to mixing, at least with stirred drinks. Also,…