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

Swiss Family Manhattan

The Drink

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Thirteen hundred of these cocktails were said to have disappeared at the coming-out party for Swiss Family Manhattan on the eighty-fifth floor of the Empire State Building. 

2/3 RYE WHISKY
1/3 ITALIAN VERMOUTH
1 DASH ABSINTHE

Stir and Serve Excessively Cold

– From So Red the Nose

This is the first So Red the Nose drink that I just could not finish. This project may be developing my taste for hard liquor, but not to the point where I can happily drink straight rye whiskey with no sweetener. I spent the whole time reading this book counting down the minutes until I could pour the foul thing down the drain. 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

Tarzan

The Drink

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1 OUNCE BACARDI
1 TEASPOON COINTREAU
JUICE OF 1/2 LIME
1/2 TEASPOON SUGAR

Shake Well with Shaved Ice Until Enough Ice is Melted to have a 2 Ounce Drink

-From So Red the Nose (No clever quote about the drink this time. The SRTN blurb only speaks to Tarzan’s skill with the ladies. )

I have been careful, when making the drinks from So Red the Nose, to follow the directions exactly as written in order to recreate the 1930’s drinking experience as precisely as possible. This has already caused some problems, what with the liquor brands that have stopped production sometime in the past 79 years, or ridiculous, tongue-in-cheek instructions like: “Select…six of your finest McIntosh trees and place a hive of bees under each.” Continue reading