Sing Sing Nights

IMG_1499 (2)The Drink

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

The Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears

The Drink

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CHAMPAGNE (1 Bottle, preferably good and cold)
CHABLIS (1 Pint — vintage of no particular moment)
HAUT BARSAC (1 Bottle, and be sure to have it haut)
RASPBERRIES (1 Liter Box)
SHERRY (2 Jiggers)
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE (None)

Mix this mess in a large bowl. Don’t crush the raspberries. Let them soak for a while. Add enough sugar (powdered) to take the curse off the raspberries but not enough to destroy the fine bouquet, if any, of the Champagne, Pour into tall, tapering glasses and drink with the the raspberries floating.

– From So Red the Nose

I had to compromise again with this cocktail because, as I may have mentioned, I am a school teacher. I cannot afford to spend half a paycheck on one bottle of wine. Sorry, Mr. Casey, but my Barsac was not hautContinue reading

Anthony Adverse

The Drink

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To 2 measures of Barbadoes (sic) Rum mix 1 of lime juice, a dash of bitters, and a small quantity of brown sugar to taste and a strong dash of brandy.
Ice. Shake well and serve immediately.

– From So Red the Nose

The Anthony Adverse is an interesting and enjoyable combination of flavors. The key is the brown sugar, which keeps the drink from being unbearably tart. After some experimenting, I found a scant tablespoon is the literal sweet spot for me. Continue reading

The Lively Lady

The Drink

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TO MAKE TWO LADIES LIVELY —

Take a Small Pitcher with Well-Rounded Interior
Put in It Nine Cubes of Ice
Add Four Cocktail Glasses of Gin
Add Two Cocktail Glasses of Noilly Prat Vermouth
Stir Briskly Sixty Revolutions with a Long-Handled Spoon– (The Only Method Which Doesn’t Bruise the Gin)
Pour into Cocktail Glasses
Add Twist of Lemon Peel so Lemon Oil Is Sprayed into the Liquid
Repeat until Pitcher is Empty

-From So Red the Nose

After a month of searching, I have come to the conclusion that the original Noilly Prat, as one would drink in 1931, cannot be bought in the United States of America. Any liquor stores who stock it are keeping that little secret to themselves. Continue reading

Bring ‘Em Back Alive

The Drink

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There is nothing like a Singapore Gin Sling for helping to see snakes in the Malayan jungles and giving you the courage to tackle them bare-handed. 

1 JIGGER D.O.M (Benedictine), 2 JIGGERS CHERRY BRANDY, 3 JIGGERS DRY GIN, JUICE OF ONE LIME, DASH OF ORANGE BITTERS, DASH OF ANGOSTURA BITTERS

Add water or soda (as preferred) in Amount Equal to the Above Ingredients. Mix with Swizzle Stick Until Foamy. Add Ice Chipped Fine, and Serve.

– From So Red the Nose

Singapore Sling
Frank Buck’s re-imagining of the Singapore Sling is the only drink I have made so far that can properly be called “fruity.” But it’s a serious, dark-colored, 1930’s kind of fruity.  Just compare my picture to this one of a modern Sling. See how much prettier and pinker the 2014 version is? Continue reading