Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 30


“He spake, and round about him called the clouds And roused the ocean, – wielding in his hand the trident, – summoned all the hurricanes Of all the winds, and covered the earth and sky At once with mists, while from above the night Fell suddenly.” – Homer, The Odyssey: Book V “Don’t you take […]

January 28


The Fernando is the brainchild of Employees Only, the celebrated West Village cocktail bar owned and operated by Dushan Zaric, Jason Kosmas et al. According to their excellent cocktail book, this apéritif pays tribute to Italian gastronomy. The primary ingredient, Fernet-Branca, is designed to be consumed as a postprandial digestivo. Once upon a time, Fernet […]

January 25


Easily the greatest aperitivo of all time and the quintessential Italian cocktail. The magical triad of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari was purportedly invented by a Count. Yes, that’s right. An Italian Count, no less. Many people have guffawed and hastily dismissed this tale of origin, suggesting that it is “absurd” and “preposterous”, or even […]

January 20

New York Sour

To quote the Atlanta Daily Constitution in 1879, “When American meets American then comes the whisky sour.” The Sour, and in particular the whiskey variety, enjoyed immense popularity across America from the 1860s up until the 1960s. According to David Wondrich, classics scholar and cocktail historian extraordinaire, the Sour’s popularity was driven by two things: […]

January 16

Hemingway Daiquiri

To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years. – Ernest Hemingway There you have it. Hemingway was an exceptional father… said no one ever. Nope, Hemingway didn’t win any Father of the Year awards, that’s for sure. But, boy, could […]

January 14


I’ve been in a sour mood as of late. Maybe because of the dismal weather we’ve been having. Or perhaps the lack of sleep. I’m talking about the family of refreshing cocktails, of course – the Whiskey Sour being the archetype of the clan. Although the most ubiquitous, there are other sours that are a […]

January 12


Unlike the Manhattan and the Brooklyn, this cocktail doesn’t actually take its name from the borough, or even the nearby river. In actuality, it’s the namesake of the gargoyle beast hound from Gargoyles, the American cartoon series produced by Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television that originally aired from 1994 to 1997. Wait, that […]