While Rome Burns

The Drink

 

The town crier proclaims that half a dozen of these will improve your fiddling, help you remember the wisecracks of Dorothy Parker, and may even lead you to retelling the story of Christmas on the front.

1 PART LEMON JUICE
2 PARTS MEDFORD RUM
1 DASH OF MAPLE SYRUP

-from So Red the Nose

RomeBurnsWe’ve discussed before how fortuitous it is that I started this blog just as New England rums were making an 80-years-delayed comeback, and that goes double for Medford rum, which – despite its immense popularity in the 18th Century – I had a hell of a time tracking down in the 21st. The GrandTen rep I spoke to on the phone claimed they only sell a few thousand bottles a year. So thanks so much to my East Coast contact* for hunting some down for me in Boston. Continue reading

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Asylum

The Drink

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Members of the So Red the Nose Club should read Asylum to discover what lies in store for incautious imbibers of Gin and Pernod.

1 PART GIN
1 PART PERNOD
DASH OF GRENADINE

Pour Over Large Lumps of Ice
Do Not Shake

– From So Red the Nose

It’s pretty ironic to have an alcoholic drink based on a book about rehab. Or is it actually the opposite of irony, since a drunk is surely a cocktail expert? #thingsenglishteachersshouldknow Continue reading

Feliciana

The Broad River

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…the good-natured critic and novelist replied with a Broad River, which warmed and cheered his great-great-grandfather 150 years ago on Broad River in Georgia. The old gentleman had 24 children and lived to be 97 years old.

“Pour one quart of Peach Brandy into a silver goblet on and off during the day. After sundown a glass (or part of a glass) of water may be drunk.

– From So Red the Nose

So here we are once again, with me spending too much time and money hunting down quaintly dated liquors while the 21st century continues swilling pumpkin spice vodkatinis in blissful ignorance. Continue reading

Singing in the Wilderness

The Drink

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1 DOLLOP OF COMB HONEY. Strained and Beaten Smooth in Enough Whisky to Make You Sing. Fill up the rest of a Tall Glass with CREAM. Beat it all to a froth again and clink the glasses to the old toast —

Here’s tae us!
Wha’s like us?
Dom few!

-From So Red the Nose

What was it with people in the 1930’s treating cream like a legit beverage? Weren’t they supposed to be skinny back then? An entire glass of cream is just nauseating, no matter how much whisky you cut it with. Continue reading

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