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Lommebogen Ground Rules

As I dive into blogging the Lommebogen recipes I need to set some parameters, and clarify a few things. (If you don't know what Lommebogen is, read my earlier blog post about Cocktail History.) Here are some basic things you should know:

The selection of cocktails. I'm not doing every cocktail in Lommebogen (maybe someday, but not now). I'm only doing the cocktails that appear in all three of my reference books: Lommebogen, The Savoy Cocktail Book, and the Café Royal Cocktail Book. That tallies up to 43 cocktails. Read more about Lommebogen Ground Rules

Margarita

The lovely number four in our top ten list is the Margarita. Tequila isn't found in so many of the older classic cocktails, and apparently while the Margarita has existed since the 30s (or 40s or 50s, depending on which origin story you roll with), it didn't become well known until the groovy 70s. It's a very simple recipe that is in the same sours class as the Daiquiri and the Sidecar. Read more about Margarita

Old Fashioned

Ah, the Old Fashioned. I'm so pleased that this came in as number three in my cocktail poll. This drink is much more my style than highballs. The Old Fashioned name came about in the 1880s, but comes from much earlier in the century. Originally in the early 1800s there was a newfangled drink called a "cocktail," which involved adding a little sweetener and some bitters to your shot of liquor. This was the extent of the original definition of a cocktail. Read more about Old Fashioned

What are the Popular Cocktails People Actually Drink?

Last week I sent out a simple question on social media asking what people's three favorite cocktails are (this went out to Twitter and Facebook):

Yale Cocktail

We've got gin and water, and some things to flavor that. Lommebogen goes big with lemon and orange juice, while the one from Café Royal and Savoy goes simple with some bitters. The Lommebogen one looks more appealing overall, but there isn't any sweetener in here to balance the citrus. That doesn't look so good at all, especially from the book that has been over-sweetening a fair number of drinks. The other recipe just looks like a poor man's gin and tonic. Read more about Yale Cocktail

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