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

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

The Voice of Bugle Ann

The Drink

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Possibly the secret of that ghostly voice of Bugle Ann ringing through the hills of Missouri is to be found in the (following) recipe. 

JUICE OF 1/2 LEMON
JUICE OF 1/2 ORANGE
2 1/2 OUNCES OF GIN

Pour Over Two Large Cubes of Ice in Tall Glass and Spray Tenderly with Seltzer from Siphon — not Bottled Soda. Don’t Stir. Drink in Thirsty Gulps. Repeat at Quick Intervals until You Begin to Bay Like a Fox Hound.

-From So Red the Nose

I love this drink for giving me an excuse to buy my new favorite bar toy: the old fashioned seltzer bottle — aka the soda siphon/syphon. Seriously, I cuddle this thing to sleep every night. 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

Death in the Afternoon

The Drink

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It takes a man with hair on his chest to drink five Absinthe and Champagne Cocktails and still handle the English language in the Hemingway fashion…After six of these cocktails The Sun Also Rises.

Pour 1 jigger of absinthe into a champagne glass. Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink 3 to 5 of these slowly.

– from So Red the Nose

Did I say that The Canary Case cocktails were strong? What a naïve drinker I was in those days. Sorry Van Dine, but Hemingway can outdrink you in this century just as well as the last. Shamefully, I had to skip the “3 to 5” instruction, unless he meant these directions to take place over a week’s time. Continue reading