Headed for a Hearse

The Drink

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Jonathan Latimer…states that his Headed for a Hearse Cocktail is quite as deadly as it sounds.

The equipment necessary are a water tumbler, some crushed ice, and a stout heart; also Pernod and some very old Bourbon. Place the ice in a strainer and pour into the tumbler two jiggers of the Bourbon. Similarly drip through the ice an equal quantity of Pernod. Add a quarter of a tumbler of cold water.

– From So Red the Nose

And here we have another authorly drink in which absinthe is the first and strongest flavor. Although maybe that won’t be true if you actually use “very old brandy” as instructed, but for me, very old = very expensive. I guess my brandy counts as old to you if you’re eight. Continue reading

The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat

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The Drink

1 JIGGER* ITALIAN VERMOUTH
1 JIGGER GIN
1 PONY** RUM
1/2 PONY GRENADINE
4 DASHES LIME JUICE

“Shake, pour, imbibe, kick the cat and send for the caretaker.”

– From So Red the Nose

* 1.5 ounces
** 1 ounce

I think there’s this idea that drinkers in the 1930’s just didn’t do sweet and fruity — that a stiff brandy with a lime wedge constituted a cocktail, and a dry martini was their idea of light and feminine. But that’s not really true. My experience has been the mid century liked a little sweetness, so long as it was heavy, rich, and of a consistency just a tad thinner than Pepto-Bismol. Continue reading

Sing Sing Nights

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We can almost see the warden, the captain of the guards, and a couple of gentlemen in striped coveralls singing “Sweet Adeline” and imbibing the Sing Sing Nights Cocktail devised by Harry Stephen Keeler.

1 PONY* OF PURE GRAIN ALCOHOL
1 1/2 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR SYRUP
1 1/2 TEASPOONS PURE ORANGE JUICE
Shake with 3 Ice Cubes till at least Half of the bulk of the Cubes has dissolved.

-From So Red the Nose

* =shot

For the grain alcohol I used Everclear because, well, you know. It’s what’s at the store, and I’m not quite to the point of raiding the medicine cabinet yet. Simple syrup can be made easily enough, and the juice was squeezed right from the fruit into my cocktail shaker, as per Keeler’s instructions. If you do make this drink, take that part about the ice cubes seriously; grain alcohol of any brand isn’t something to mess around with. Continue reading

Esky’s Hot Spot/Esquire Magazine

The Drink

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I might add that enough of these will make you cast down the laurel, hang up the fiddle and do parlor tricks without being asked.

1 OR 2 LUMPS OF LOAF SUGAR,
Dissolved in a Little Hot Water
1 SQUIRT OF LEMON JUICE
1 WINE GLASS OF IRISH WHISKEY

Fill glass with hot water, stir well. Add slice of lemon. Grate nutmeg over top.

– From So Red the Nose

EskyDecWow. It is so far from being hot toddy season it’s not even funny. Here’s hoping you get a summer cold so you can enjoy this one. Continue reading