The Great Pumpkin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; the beloved tale of Linus’s dedication to the mythical and ever mysterious Great Pumpkin. Every Halloween, Linus makes his pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch to await the coming of the Great Pumpkin with as much eagerness and hope that, for…

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The Last Word

I’ll admit, I thought this one was older. I mean 1951 is nothing to shake a stick at, but I had put it in the category of Reconstruction Era drinks. Guess this one falls within the good ol’ Cold War instead. This is another one that is almost perfect but…alas! The strong maraschino flavor strikes…

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Monkey Gland

I have to say, this is one of the most unappetizing names for a cocktail that I’ve come across to date. I don’t know why it was endowed with such a repulsive moniker. Perhaps when it was created in 1922 Monkey Gland meant something else, they had some strange slang in the roaring 20’s. I…

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Field Cocktail

Do you know how hard it is to drink a cocktail with a pineapple leaf sticking out of it? Those leaves are sharp. This brings up a good point about garnishes. There are some that are important for olfactory reasons, citrus and herbs usually, that without them the drink would be missing something. Other garnishes,…

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Trident

Was the PDT Cocktail Book the best choice for the first book to make ALL OF THE DRINKS? As far as quality, definitely. As far as using normal home bar ingredients, most definitely not. In his Essential Bartender’s Guide, Robert Hess says this drink “reflects my penchant for slightly obscure product not normally found in bars.” (From…

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Coffee Cocktail

The Coffee Cocktail is a bold-faced lie. The drink contains not an ounce of coffee. It is however, as PDT recommends, “a perfect nightcap.” And delicious. This creamy cocktail hails from the master of mixology himself, Jerry Thomas, specifically from his book The Bar-Tenders Guide from 1887. Like most creations from the first golden age of mixed…

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Ramos Gin Fizz

I remember strolling through the mall in all my awkward teen glory thinking I had it made. I was at the mall, unsupervised, with my friends, some allowance money, and sipping on an Orange Julius. The creamy, citrusy, probably not all real, flavor of that magical orange drink brings me back to simpler times. The…

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