Henry VIII has his very own champagne cocktail named after him!
He ascended the throne of England on April 21, 1509.
The Henry VIII was created by a bartender named Henry Besant in 2004 in London, England.
About This Drink
The drink is a curio comprise of two different vodkas, sugar, citrus, absinthe & champagne.
- Citron Vodka
- Pepper Vodka
- Orange garnish
Build this drink in a chilled champagne flute.
Start with the absinthe-soaked sugar cube and pour in a 1/2 oz of each the two flavored vodkas — then top with champagne and garnish with the orange wedge or swath of peel.
- Check out Difford’s Guide’s recipe here.
- TheDrinkShop also has a write-up.
I was up early, then immediately napped and awoke around noon just in time for brunch:
And more Milk Punch:
Tom & Jerry:
Here’s some history: The song “Please Mr. Postman” was released on August 21 in 1961.
The song was released by The Marvelettes and it was the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
Rather than search the Internet for a “Postman” cocktail, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the classic “Airmail” drink!
About This Drink:
The Airmail is a rum and champagne drink made with honey — or made with a honey syrup.
The recipe below is David Wondrich’s recommendation, which can be found online at Esquire.com:
•2 ounces rum (golden or aged)
•1/2 ounce lime juice
•1 teaspoon honey
•5 ounces Brut champagne
Shake all ingredients (except the champagne) over ice and strain into a chilled champagne flut. Finish by topping the drink with champagne.
In his Esquire article, Wondrich points out that the drink is sort of like “a cross between the French 75 and the Honey Bee.” And additionally, he can’t explain its origin, but it does appear for the first time in Esquire’s 1949 Handbook for Hosts.
—Check Imbibe Magazine here.
—This recipe includes Angostura Bitters.
—And the Cold-Glass blog has a really lengthy article worth reading.
The Chicago Cocktail is only three (or four) ingredients, depending on how you make it.
Chicago was incorporated as a town on Aug. 12, 1833. It was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837.
The recipe online at the Internet Cocktail Database calls for only three ingredients: Brandy, Bitters & Orange Curaçao.
(Photo from Imbibe.com)
Here’s a basic recipe for the Chicago Cocktail:
•2 oz brandy
•1/4 oz triple sec
•1 dash biters
•Top with champagne (optional)
Stir in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel or slice.
Some versions call for sugaring the rim of the glass. It can be served on the rocks in a double old-fashioned glass or, especially in the champagne variation, straight up in a champagne coupe or flute or a cocktail glass.
Imbibe Magazine’s recipe calls for Cointreau and sparkling wine.
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.
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.