Posts Tagged ‘cocktail’

Clover club

In recipe on January 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

What a treat! Another fabulous guest post from Mad!

I found this recipe in the book Vintage Cocktails (a pretty fantastic Christmas present), and though it does require a bit more elbow grease than your standard drink, it is well worth the effort. It is delicious, and will make you feel fancy and important. The Wikipedia article has this to say of the Clover Club:

“… a drink that pre-dates Prohibition, and is named for the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name. It has a long history dating back to at least 1911, and was enjoyed by the captains of industry who were members of the famous club. In its heyday, the drink was described as being… a ‘distinguished patron of the oak-paneled lounge.'”

Think about it – that could be you sitting in that oak-paneled lounge, rubbing elbows with the captains of industry! This drink is not too tangy, not too sweet, and not too boozy. It’s just right.

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Airmail cocktail

In recipe on January 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I haven’t posted a cocktail recipe in a while, so of course I decide to right before I’m going on a two-week cleanse (self-prescribed, post-holiday).

This tasty drink I first ordered at Beretta, a pizza joint more famed for its cocktails that I am lucky to have four blocks from my house.

Watch out though – these go down nice and easy, and should be enjoyed with moderation. (A good goal, at least).

Airmail cocktail

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The Mungo Jerry

In recipe on July 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

A note about cocktails.

I live in a city with a well-established cocktail scene. I very much enjoy fancy-pants cocktails, while still digging the dive-bar concoctions that I order most of the time.

I’ve stepped gingerly in the world of making my own artisanal cocktails. My first invention was a cucumber-basil-gin mix that my roommates affectionately deemed “Pond Sludge” (and less-affectionately requested that I NEVER MAKE AGAIN).

Needless to say, I’ve already got a strike against me as a creator. But Friday night I whipped up a little vodka-triple-sec-orange juice drink that met with approval (I’m even allowed to make it again!). I deem this the Mungo Jerry cause guess what came up on shuffle while I was making it.

The Mungo Jerry

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Kill Devil Punch

In recipe on March 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Spring is in the air, it’s Friday, it’s payday. These are all glorious things. So is this punch recipe.

A note about punch bowls: I had one on my holiday wishlist from the ages eleven to fourteen. Looking back, I can’t really say what sort of entertaining I pictured (casual study group cotillions? sleepover soirees?) but I was determined, in the way that young ladies who read too much Jane Austen can be. It was probably for the best that I wasn’t encouraged in this tyrannical hostess phase; I’d probably be wearing white gloves and pearls by now.

Today I can face punch bowls with the wisdom of experience and the sobriety of age. I can be trusted. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Fact: people love punch bowls at parties. It makes drinking more interactive (if a little spilly).

Fact: you can find crystal bowls pretty consistently at thrift stores, usually for $10 or less.

Fact: punch takes the stress out of hosting. Make two or three batches before the party, store in pitchers. Refill when the bowl looks dry. It’s a lot better than planning drinks that involve muddling and fuss.

Without further ado, I bring you the Kill Devil Punch, found tucked in the pages of GQ. Read the rest of this entry »