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 Pumpkin Coach

The Drink

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Louis Paul lifts a little glass slipper filled with his potent concoction to the opulent wench in the pumpkin coach.

2 PARTS LIQUEUR CESORIAC
1 PART VERMOUTH (Italian Cinzano)
1 PART CHERRY JUICE
3 LIMES (to each pint)
SLATHERS OF ICE (or you will go home in a basket).

–from So Red the Nose

Oh cesoriac. This forgotten midcentury liqueur may be less popular today, but that makes it no less delicious.  Continue reading

The Barbarians

The Drink(s)

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3/4 BOURBON
1/4 WHITE MINT
PLENTY OF ICE
Pour into Cocktail Shaker and Shake as Though You Were a Terrier with a Dead Rat

“If, gentlemen, you believe this is no drink even for The Barbarians, then I nominate the milk punch, which stands by you through thick and thin and is the perfect noggin for the Usher Who Forgot Himself:

1 1/2 JIGGERS BOURBON IN A TALL GLASS
3 LUMPS OF ICE
1 TABLESPOON SUGAR
FILL GLASS WITH MILK SERVE UNDER AN CIRCUMSTANCES.

That’s right people: two drinks for the price of one! But the catch is neither of them are originals.

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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

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