Category Archives: HISTORY

Yes, But What About The Rum?

It’s Jamaica Independence Day today, marking Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom.

A little history: On August 6, 1962, the Colony of Jamaica became an independent country, the Union Jack was ceremoniously lowered and replaced by the Jamaican flag throughout the country.

Celebrate with a Jamaica Swizzle!

I took the follow recipe from a 1947/1950 cocktail book published by Angostura:

Jamaica Swizzle

•6 dashes Angostura Bitters
•1.5 oz Jamaica rum
•Juice of 1 fresh lime
•1 teaspoonful fine granulated sugar

Pour ingredients into a glass pitcher, add plenty of shaved ice, churn with a swizzle stick until pitcher frosts. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

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Jackie Kennedy Cocktail

Today is Jackie Kennedy’s birthday.

Did you know she has a cocktail named after her though? It’s the signature cocktail of the Elephant Bar at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (as well as its sister property the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

This is a pic of the Elephant Bar from their website:

The Raffles Hotel Le Royal has the whole story online at their website, but in short:
Jacqueline Kennedy visited Cambodia in 1967. She found time during the trip to try the famous rouge Champagne cocktail in the hotel’s Elephant Bar. Years later, when Raffles Hotel Le Royal was being renovated, the glass she drank from (which still had her lipstick mark on it) was found.

Now called “Femme Fatale,” the hotel bar’s signature cocktail is a champagne-based drink with Crème de Fraise Sauvage and a dash of Cognac. It’s now the bar’s signature cocktail to commemorate Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit to Phnom Penh.

Femme Fatale
The website “A History of Drinking” lists the recipe as following:

•1/4 oz l Crème de Fraise (strawberry liqueur)
•Dash of cognac
•Build in a champagne flute, top with Champagne. Garnish with a rose.

Interested in more? Check out A History Of Drinking.

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Mojitos In Miami

The city of Miami celebrates an anniversary tomorrow.

July 28th is the anniversary of the day the city incorporated in 1896.


Google “Miami” and “cocktail” and you’ll read that the city’s unofficial drink is the Mojito. There are also places online which say that Miami now has an official cocktail, and that it’s the Bacardi Mojito.

Regardless, the Florida city was incorporated on July 28, 1896. And whether or not it’s official, a day in July is the perfect time for a Mojito.

•6 mint leaves
•.75 oz simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
•.75 oz fresh lime juice
•1.5 oz white rum
•1.5 oz club soda

Here’s the recipe as printed online at

In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Note that this recipe calls for the mojito to be shaken after almost all of the ingredients have been added. Shaking the mojito is one method. I usually roll it into a mixing tin at that stage (and then back into the highball glass), then finish with the soda water.

More opinions on how to make a mojito:
•Imbibe Magazine suggests stirring a mojito.
•Epicurious also says to stir, but at a different stage.

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Amelia Earhart Cocktail

Today is Amelia Earhart’s birthday.


A quick search of the Internet turned up a cocktail result. A website called A History Of Drinking wrote the following about her:

Today we’re marking the birthday of legendary aviatrix and “Queen of the Air,” Amelia Mary Earhart, born this day back in 1897 in Atchison Kansas.

Among her many accomplishments were: first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Earhart disappeared in 1937 while en route to Howland Island during an attempt to fly around the world.

The drink itself was created by a user named StriperGuy on a ChowHound message board back on June 28, 2009. Here’s the text of his post:

Came up with another winner. Because it is basically an adapted Aviation I will call it an Amelia Earhart (the strawberries are a bit girly):

Amelia Earhart Cocktail
2 oz fresh local strawberry puree (I blended some with the gin)
•2 oz gin
•2 Tsp marascino liquer
•1 Tsp creme de violette
•2 Tsp simple syrup
•Juice and zest of 1/2 meyer lemon

Shake and serve on the rocks, or straight, or whatever

For my money, that recipe’d make for a heck of a pretty cocktail served up in a martini glass or champagne glass.

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Happy Birthday, Hemingway!

Today is Ernest Hemingway’s birthday.

Talk of the man tends to go hand-in-hand with talk of cocktails and libations.

There have been a great number of articles and cocktail lists written regarding Hemingway in the last few years, due in part to the publication of Philip Greene’s book “To Have And Have Another.”

I’m not an expert on Hemingway, but I am more than passingly familiar with some of the drinks that get associated with his name:

Cocktails associated with Hemingway:
•Death In The Afternoon
•Dripped Absinthe
•Dry Martini
•Jack Rose

I’ve written about Death in the Afternoon before! Click the link and check out the cocktail in all it’s glory:

Hemingway’s recipe for the drink:

“Pour 1 jigger of absinthe into a champagne glass. Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

As I said earlier, I’m not a Hemingway expert, but today’s a perfect day for learning a little about the man and all the cocktails he’s associated with.

Below you’ll find resources with info about absinthe and daiquiris and details debunking Hemingway mojito and Bloody Mary lore.

Links worth reading::
•A piece from 2013.
•A Food Republic piece from 2012.
•The Wondrich write-up on “Death in the Afternoon.”

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Remembering ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan

Tonight I’ll be having a bottle of Brooklyn Lager and a shot of Jameson in remembrance of Douglas Corrigan’s flight from Brooklyn to Ireland.

On July 17, 1938, Douglas Corrigan filed a flight plan for a return trip to California from Brooklyn.

He ended up in Ireland.

The story’s really quite fascinating. Some say he pulled the stunt intentionally, after having been denied permission to cross the Atlantic.

The following is from

After arriving in New York, Corrigan filed plans for a transatlantic flight, but aviation authorities deemed it a suicide flight, and he was promptly denied.

Instead, they would allow Corrigan to fly back to the West Coast, and on July 17 he took off from Floyd Bennett field. After takeoff, he made a 180-degree turn and vanished.

Twenty-eight hours later, Corrigan landed his plane in Dublin. He stepped out of his plane and exclaimed: “Just got in from New York. Where am I?”

Seems like the sort of thing that should be remembered with suds and spirit.

As I said at the outset of this post, I’ll be having a bottle of Brooklyn Lager and a shot of Jameson tonight. Still, I think the old boy deserves a drink named after him.

I was thinking something along the lines of a Manhattan made with Irish whiskey (plus a few other little additions):

Wrong Way Corrigan
•2 ounces Irish whiskey
•1/2 oz sweet vermouth
•1/2 oz dry vermouth
•Splash lemon juice
•Dash orange bitters

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve in a lowball glass with fresh ice.

Thoughts? It’s essentially just a a perfect Manhattan with Irish whiskey and some citrus (lemon juice and orange bitters).

If this drink already exists and has a name just let me know in the comments section.

Of course, any occasion such as this is a perfect time for an Aviation Cocktail:
•Imbibe Magazine
Cold Glass

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