Saturday, June 16, 2012

Exhibit 34.2: Drinks for Dads 2012

The Automobile $6
Gin, lemon juice, ginger ale, and mint, on the rocks. Of late 19th century derivation, when the horseless carriage was still a novelty.

Double Standard Sour $7
Rye whiskey (Old Overholt), Old Tom gin, lime juice, raspberry syrup, up. The name and the ingredients of the drink refer to the old debate about backing US currency with either silver (gin) or gold (whiskey).

Fedora $11
We got yr cup o’ booze right here: 2 parts each cognac and Grand Marnier to 1 part each Jamaica rum and bourbon, shaken up with a slice of lemon and crushed ice. A double.

Free Silver Fizz $7
Old Tom gin, a little funky Jamaican rum, club soda, milk, a little lemon juice and simple syrup, up. Another late 19th century drink that references monetary policy debates of the era.

The Jupiter $7
Father of the Gods. Gin and dry vermouth with a little OJ and parfait d’amour (a purple, sweet French liqueur with notes of orange, almond and marshmallow), up. Essentially a wet martini with some unique high notes, rarely offered because of that obscure but necessary final ingredient.

Smith & Curran $6
So what do you suppose wildcatters and oilmen drank during the oil boom in 1950s North Dakota? Something manly, something strong, right? Quite the contrary: crème de cacao, cream, and club soda, tall and on the rocks.

Trilby Cocktail $8
Equal parts scotch (Johnnie Walker double black) and red vermouth (Carpano), dashed with absinthe, orange bitters, and parfait d’amour, up. Consider it an evolved Rob Roy, and one that’s just right for at least one daddy in the house tonight.
This is the original recipe by Harry Johnson, 1882; the cocktail was also known at the Old Waldorf not too long afterwards, but they nixed the absinthe and swapped crème yvette for the parfait d’amour. By the 1920s, it became a gin cocktail that was really just a Martinez – at least in England. How that happened… I just don’t know.

White Plush $call price

We’d have saved this one for great, great, great Grandfather’s day if there were such a thing. Even in 1862 this was considered an old man’s drink, and dates at least as far back to when it was customary to allow the customer to pour their own liquor. (“Hand a bottle of bourbon or rye whiskey to the customer and let him help himself, then fill the glass with fresh milk” states the recipe). Your choice of whiskey with milk, ice on request.

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