Today is an important day in Cocktail and Patent Law history, as it's on this date in 1935 that Jay Sindler patented the Swizzle Stick, so you wouldn't have to fish the olive out of your Martini with your fingers, like a filthy animal. Swizzle Stick also refers to a branch from the Swizzle Stick tree, used to blend drinks. We'll be talking about both, and mixing up a Queen's Park Swizzle. Link in bio for the story and recipe.
We have no information as to whether or not mob accountant Meyer Lansky was accompanied by a lovely brunette and a satchel with $2M in cash when he fled Cuba on this day in 1959, but we are pretty confident that he must have had a Hotel Nacional or two at its namesake casino before he did. Link in bio for the story and recipe.
Jamaican rum is unique in using pot stills, and the blunt end of all the funk that process produces will be right in the bottle. They may ferment for longer than other locations, leave some of the old batch in the fermentation tank when starting the next, or other sausage-works types of techniques. Fortunately, that scenario plays very well with vermouth and Campari in this recipe.
An improvement upon the Grog served by the Royal Navy to its sailors, Bumbo was the preferred drink of pirates. General plundering gave them access to spices and tropical fruits that a swabbie in the Royal Navy would never see, and they made good use of them in what were probably the first fruity, sweet drinks.....but always served without a tiny paper umbrella.
The Green Swizzle as consumed by Bertie Wooster in P.G. Wodehouse's works did not have a specified recipe, but several cocktail luminaries have created them. Here we make use of a version published by David Wondrich in 2011. One thing to note is that the better brands of Creme de Menthe now available, such as Giffard and Tempus Fugit, are clear rather than green. If color is a must for authenticity, The Drunkard's Almanac would not look down upon an added drop of green food coloring.
While the drink shown is a Rum Flip, you should not feel at all constrained to this spirit. The recipe is just a template, and you can employ Brandy, Whiskey or even fortified wines like Port or Sherry. Our tastes at The Drunkard's Almanac lean toward Brandy or aged Rum, but try it with whatever pleases you.
A delicious, warming bauble that also offers a solid kick in the pants for anyone enjoying their favorite secular celebration, the Feats of Strength cocktail is a variation on your basic Hot Buttered Rum, with a bit more spice and an extra kick from overproof rum. Whether it brings out inner strength or makes it easier to air your grievances, the Feats of Strength is a perfect tipple for Festivus.
The Royal Navy may have routed the French Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar, but today we learn that the former's favorite spirit, Rum, can still play nicely with French Cognac in the Embassy Cocktail. Visit the website for the story and recipe. #drinkoftheday #cocktails #drunkardsalmanac #homebartending #mixology