Innocents Aloft: And Other Souvenirs Of Days France

The Drink

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4 JIGGERS GIN                    1 JIGGER RASPBERRY SYRUP
JUICE OF 1 LEMON             1 JIGGER APRICOT CORDIAL
JUICE OF 1 LIME                  1 JIGGER OF APPLEJACK BRANDY
1 JIGGER RED WINE            SUGAR TO TASTE

-From So Red the Nose

Speaking of overly strong concoctions, here Henry Justin Smith manages to break Frank Buck’s previous record with a whopping eight-shot cocktail. Such is my dedication to my craft that I did indeed manage to drink an entire Innocents Aloft in one sitting. I do not recommend you follow my example. Although delicious, this one was made to share. Continue reading

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Salamina

The Drink

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After a day setting nets for white whales, bartering for dog meat, eating seal out of the common pot, and meditating upon the universe, nothing warms a man like Jamaica Rum and Applejack lifted toward the stars in a pretty toast to one’s native housekeeper. 

Who said Greenland was a cold country?

1 PART JAMAICA RUM
2 PARTS APPLEJACK
Shake well

-from So Red the Nose

Goslings-BlackSeal-Rum-lgAccording to Wondrich, “Jamaica” rum doesn’t refer to the location so much as the method of manufacture — namely, small-batch pot-stilling. I used the Wondrich-approved Gosling’s Black Seal, which makes me happy since its logo fits in so nicely with our book’s Greenland theme. Continue reading

Fun in Bed

The Drink

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Or, The Applejack Re-Review

Blondes go down after the second drink, and after the third, picture stars ask you to move over. 

1 PART GRAPE JUICE                                                       1 PART APPLEJACK
Ice, Shake, and Serve

– From So Red the Nose

After being incredibly pleased with myself for hunting down that American classic known as applejack, I must now confess that I made a horrible mistake. Well, not “I” so much as the manufacturers, who labeled their product “applejack,” even though a “smooth blend” apparently has as much to do with the original, old-timey drink as “processed cheese food” does with aged cheddar. How could I have been so naive? Continue reading

Tobacco Road

The Drink

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Please observe the following procedure:
1. Select in May six of your finest McIntosh trees and place a hive of bees under each tree to insure the ‘setting’ of the blossoms.
2. Visit your trees with a spray gun once a month until October, and see to it that not an insect remains alive.
3. About the middle of October gather by hand four bushels of the finest ‘Reds,” selecting each apple for color, size and ripeness.
4. When these are ready to put into the hopper of your cider mill, go back to the orchard and pick up two pecks of windfalls from the ground, carefully selecting the most decayed, wormiest and snail encrusted.
5. Mix the two gatherings and grind and press.
6. For three days and nights drink the sweetest cider  you have ever tasted, noting that no matter how much you drink, you can always find room for a little more.
7. On the fourth day you will discover that you have the hardest drink that ever blew a bunghole.

-from So Red the Nose

Although I try to be faithful to the original So Red the Nose drinks, sometimes modern modifications need to be made. Here’s my updated, 2014 version of Tobacco Road cocktail: Continue reading