Laughing Boy

The Drink

Rum remains the drink to warm, cool or restore a man. But don’t refer to Bacardi as Rum in my presence–it ain’t.

DISSOLVE HALF A TEASPOONFUL OF SUGAR IN A DASH OF ANGOSTURA BITTERS, ADD 1 TEASPOONFUL OF SWEET VERMOUTH, ADD CHIPPED ICE. FILL OLD-FASHIONED GLASS TO THE BRIM WITH NEW ENGLAND RUM. GARNISH WITH LEMON PEEL AND SLICES OF ORANGE (IF YOU LIKE FRUIT SALAD)

-From So Red the Nose (Caps are from the original. Back then it was ok to shout your cocktails.)

LaughingBoyI think I’m going to have to to rank these cocktails by potency at the end of this project. I mean, is it ok to call this drink strong when I’ve said the same about almost all the others? As it is right now, I feel like I risk sounding like the girl-who-cried -wolf-and-can’t-hold-her-liquor. Let’s just say that this is the only drink so far that resulted in me binge eating cottage cheese and hate-watching the Left Behind movies. Continue reading

Years of Grace

The Drink

‘A Years of Grace cocktail makes a good party but not too good a party. The kind of party that no one would have blushed for in the Years of Grace.’

3 JIGGERS OF WHISKEY — SCOTCH OR RYE
2 JIGGERS OF LEMON JUICE
1 JIGGER OF ROCK CANDY SYRUP
ICE CRACKED VERY FINE
Practically Shaved as for Crème de Menthe — so the drink seems almost frappéed, and is very cold.

-from So Red the Nose

IMG_0193I can’t think of a more delightful way to spend summer evenings than sipping this icy drink on the patio while reading its namesake. Margaret Ayer Barnes’ creation is a version of the whiskey sour, which sounds kind of serious and masculine, but this one is actually a delicious blend of sweet and sour flavors, like really good lemonade or a perfect margarita. Continue reading