Archive for July, 2005

Delmonico No. 1

Friday, July 29th, 2005

3/4 ounces gin 1/2 ounces brandy 1/2 ounces dry vermouth 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth Stir with ice and serve “up,” in a cocktail glass, with a lemon twist. I have lifted my recipe from Mr. Boston; many a drinksman has tampered with a fine recipe so that he might add his own name to it, [...]

Handler on Two-Martini Relationships

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

“Martinis, both of them, the guy and the girl both. That’s the kind of couple that stays together.” — Daniel Handler, in his short story “Delmonico“

Gins Genteel and God-Awful

Monday, July 25th, 2005

My long-lasting bottle of gin has given up its last gin and tonic. If I drank this thirst-quenching summer drink more frequently, I’d undoubtedly have settled on a favorite brand by now. Rather than an indeterminate period of experimentation, however, I am turning to you. What are the middle-of-the-road gins (for party situations, say, when [...]

Sinatra on Sobriety

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning…that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” — Frank Sinatra

The Manhattan

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Is it a cocktail, this feeling of joy? — Cole Porter, “At Long Last Love” Cocktail Nation is dead. Take Mel Tormé — please — off the hi-fi. Unplug the lava lamp and closet your monogrammed bowling shirts. The ersatz hepcats have fallen on their own swizzle sticks and bleed blue curaçao from their wounds. [...]

Frank Talk about Your Drinking Problems

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Do you have a drinking problem? I’m sorry to hear it. I’ll do my best to assist you. Please bear in mind that I’ll do a sight better answering queries such as, “Which is the appropriate whisky to serve in hot weather?” than “How do I quit drinking?” I have an opinion as to the [...]

The Manhattan

Monday, July 11th, 2005

1 & 1/2 ounces bourbon 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth healthy dash bitters The greatest cocktail of all time. Can be served either “up” or on the rocks. A stemmed maraschino cherry is optional. Rye whiskey may be substituted for bourbon, giving it a historical flavor. I recommend stirring rather than shaking, unless you enjoy crunching [...]