Cocktail Recipes: Classic


Ward 8 Cocktail Recipe

Ward 8 Cocktail Recipe


Posted By on Nov 24, 2017

Ward 8 Cocktail Recipe When we did our part in the revival of the once endangered West End of Boston with a couple of rounds of drinks at Ward 8, we were tempted by, but did not order, its namesake cocktail, there being too many other good options. In retrospect, while we enjoyed the drinks we had, we feel bad overlooking Ward 8. It’s a good drink, and a rare classic cocktail with a Boston origin. Its connection to the West End...

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The Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe We once made our own limoncello. It was delicious, and not at all complicated to make. And we’ve never done it again. While not technically difficult, it was a lot of work, in the form of zesting many, many, many lemons. While there’s a certain pride in making something yourself, there’s also wisdom in recognizing that it’s easier to let the professionals do it, to at least...

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Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Aviation Cocktail Recipe


Posted By on Oct 24, 2017

Aviation Cocktail Recipe When we stumbled across Arsenic and Old Lace last week, we were actually researching Aviation. The two have several things in common: a name that starts with ‘A’; a gin base; creme de violette; and their earliest known appearance in Ensslin’s 1917 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. The creme de violette is perhaps a bit controversial; Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, which for us and...

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Death in the Gulf Stream Cocktail Recipe Our favorite drink from our time in Detroit was Amanda Mentzer’s Worse for Wear. We mentioned in our write-up on it last week that it’s based on a Hemingway hangover cure. Looking into it further, we discovered that the Hemingway original was in fact the product of the meeting of two of history’s titans of drink: Hemingway, of course, and Charles H. Baker. Baker was a...

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Arsenic & Old Lace Cocktail Recipe We stumbled across this recipe while we were doing some research on another one. It caught our attention and held it–fitting considering its original name is Attention. We’d never heard of it before, but it’s actually a pretty old drink, though it’s never topped the charts and it’s tended to slip in and out of notice over time. It makes its first known appearance n...

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Old Fashioned Martini Cocktail Recipe As you’ll know if you read our post ‘What’s the Ideal Dry Martini?’,  learning of Hemingway’s preference for a 15 gin: 1 vermouth proportion sent us into some research on martini recipes over time. We, of course, found that gin to vermouth ratios varied greatly, anywhere from 1:1 to Hemingway’s 15:1–and even further, to vermouth rinses or no vermouth at...

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