Drinking

Doctor Special Cocktail

This recipe doesn't exactly match up between the three books. Lommebogen has Doctor Special, while Cafe Royal and Savoy have Doctor, without the "Special." They are obviously closely related though because they both use an ingredient called Swedish Punch (also called Caloric Punch), so I went ahead and added it to my list. Looks like the "special" part is adding gin. I can't argue with that.

Cuban Cocktail

Not to be confused with the Old Cuban cocktail, this is another hard one to google for properly. The Savoy has two recipes again, and the #1 is what has come down the line to modern times, with rum as the base liquor. The Savoy Cuban #2, and the other two books all have the Cuban with brandy as the base liquor though. I'd love to know more of the back story on cognac in a Cuban, since the rum seems more logical from the name. Perhaps more digging in the future will uncover more of its history.

Clover Club Cocktail

The Clover Club is a great cocktail. It apparently was one of the classics from before prohibition, but it didn't survive beyond it very well. In 1934, Esquire magazine called it a drink “for pansies." That said, it is still found in all three of my 1930s cocktail books. People may have sneered at it, but it managed to hang in there. Everyone today assumes that it was the pink color that just couldn't be handled by real men. At any rate it's making a bit of a comeback now, and it really is a lovely drink in the sour family.

Champagne Cocktail

I quite like champagne. Growing up we only had champagne a few times, and my mom was very particular about what was acceptable champagne. The real stuff—not Prosecco or Crémant. And Brut. She was big on dry champagne. Anyway, I have to say that getting a bubbly cocktail sounds fun, and while I know it is popular to use champagne for bubbles, it always struck me as a job for cheap, sweet champagne. The stuff you wouldn't drink right out.

Café de Paris Cocktail

I paused posting here for a bit due to a two-week trip to the US for work. No cocktail-making going on for me while I travel. I'm back in the saddle again at home though, so here we go. The Café de Paris cocktail looks like a pretty weird drink to me (and to others as well). The fact that it is yet another anise drink doesn't help with me either. I dug around to find out a little more about this one, and it appears to go pretty far back to a Brooklyn, NY hotel, which opened in 1909.

Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx is another cocktail with an interesting history, which shows in the fact that I have two recipes for it. This is kin to the Manhattan, in that it is another New York City borough name, and is in the same family of liquor and vermouth drinks. (And, yes, there is another borough cocktail, the Brooklyn, and I hear internet rumors that there is one for Queens, which is a Bronx with pineapple juice instead.) There are two stories about how it came to be.

Brandy Fizz

Now we come to the Brandy Fizz, which is a recipe you can find much more easily than the previous Brandy Cocktail. The modern drink is still the same as this classic, and the recipe is older than the 1930s, showing up back in the late 1800's (though with a lot less lemon juice in it). All fizzes get their name from the addition of soda water. Fizzes as a drink class also all have citrus of some sort in them. This is essentially a fizzy brandy lemonade. Yum.

Brandy Cocktail

Next up in Lommebogen is the Brandy Cocktail. Try Googling that one. Yeah, you get all kind of brandy cocktails, but it's impossible to find hits for the Brandy Cocktail. So, this is just going from what is in the three books, without any modern research. I'm just not that patient or persistent, especially when all three books are pretty much in line, and it is a very fine cocktail as is from the 1930s. This is pretty much what it states—it's a brandy in cocktail form. Back in the day "cocktail" pretty much meant a shot of liquor with a little sweetener and some bitters.

Blackthorn Cocktail

The cocktail that comes first alphabetically in Lommebogen, and also matches my triple-book criteria, is the Blackthorn. This first one is a doozy. Let's start with the name. Axel has it written down as Blach Torn. Torn is thorn in Danish, and generally Danish isn't good with "th" in words. When I was looking at that one during the initial cross-referencing it took me a few minutes to realize that he was referring to the Blackthorn cocktail because I was just taking the name at face value.

Cocktail History

I seem to like starting new projects. Not that I actually complete them all (see: weekly photo plan). So, in that spirit, I've got a new project—this time in the cocktail realm. Last fall my friend Rie gave me a great cocktail gift in a small book called Lommebogen (link is in Danish). It is a photocopy of bartender Axel Sørensen's personal bar notes from the 1930s.

Pages

Subscribe to Drinking