Morning Glory Cocktail

Morning Glory cocktail
For as long as there’s been alcohol, there’s probably been someone searching for a morning after remedy. What’s curious is that so many of these curatives usually feature additional alcohol. The Morning Glory Cocktail is a fine example of one of these hair-of-the-dog cures. The recipe first appeared in Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide published in 1887, and it’ … Read More

The Hot Toddy

While the hot toddy’s origin is often ascribed to Scotland, the root behind the name is possibly a little more exotic. It may date back to a 1600s Hindi word “tarrie,” which referred to a beverage made of fermented palm sap (the ‘r’ sound was similar to an English ‘d’). It could have also have evolved from the Sanskrit … Read More

The Suffering Bastard

The Suffering Bastard cocktails
Many drink scholars have attributed the Suffering Bastard cocktail to Don the Beachcomber of Trader Vic’s fame, and his Tiki-focused collection. While his restaurant chain did popularize many cocktails we still see today, The Suffering Bastard wasn’t one of them. The real history of the drink was lost until cocktail scholars unearthed an Esquire article dating back to 1947. … Read More

The Plain Whiskey Cocktail

The Plain Whiskey cocktail
Cocktails can vary wildly from elaborately muddled affairs to relatively simple concoctions with only three ingredients. But once upon a time, people were accustomed to a more standardized drink. The time was the late-1800s, and the beverage was the Plain Whiskey Cocktail. This recipe was once so pervasive that it also served as the Plain Gin Cocktail and the … Read More

The Saratoga Cocktail

Angel's Boomerang cocktail
Once upon a time, Saratoga Springs New York was the 19th century’s east coast equivalent of Las Vegas. The wealthy were free to while away their hours gambling, carousing or relaxing with spa treatments. In the golden age of resort towns, Saratoga Springs was one of the first. In the early 1800s, Gideon Putnam decided to build a European-style … Read More