Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Mule's Hind Leg

It's time to introduce Harry Craddock to the Firewater Lounge Lizards. Craddock, the author of the immortal 1930 Savoy Cocktail book, was one of the many American mixologists who bailed on the good ol' U.S. when she banned liquor sales during Prohibition. Craddock went on to make a name for himself at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1920. Craddock's Savoy Cocktail book is almost 300 pages of vintage drinks, some incredibly awesome and some freaking terrible. Either way, pouring them is an adventure that should be explored by anyone interested in early twentieth century drinking. As an example of a strange taste from the book, I give you the ultra-sweet Mule's Hind Leg. "Drink it quickly," as Harry would say, "while it is still laughing at you!"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Show Stopper

A total riff off of the Champagne Cocktail, this next little beauty adds the sugar back to a brut Rosé by way of a blue curaçao-soaked sugar cube. Remember that sparkling Rosé reacts to the sugar in a dramatic way, so when making this drink, pour the Rosé in slowly until it fills half the glass, wait a second, and then pour the rest of the way. We call this one the Show Stopper; one look at it will show you why.

Show Stopper
Holly's Orignial Series

1 dash of Blue Curaçao
2 ounces of Rosé
1 dash of Benedictine

Place a sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Pour in a dash of curaçao. Slowly add the Rosé. Cap with Benedictine.