The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, one of the most important collection of pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes, has finally been given a makeover. Frank Caiafa, manager at the Peacock Alley, the lobby bar at New York’s renowned Waldorf Astoria, has dusted off A.S. Crockett’s bar books, and augmented them with his own recipes, as well as many other classic drinks omitted in the 1930’s manuals. The results are nothing short of amazing: Caiafa managed to condense years of research…

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Death In The Afternoon,

Death In The Afternoon,

Death In The Afternoon, “Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.” – Ernest Hemingway (So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon, 1935) Taking Hemingway’s original instructions and building on them until I found something actually pleasant to drink was the motif for this redux of the Death In The Afternoon cocktail.  1 part St. George…

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Absinthe Frappe, let’s have a look at #100Classics

Absinthe Frappe, let’s have a look at #100Classics

Speak to any bartender, liquid historian, beverage writer or blogger alike and you will find conflicting (his)stories and origins of most cocktails. Depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you are from, the history changes again. Recipe’s vary with each variable (hi)story. We all seem to agree with one fact though; that bar and beverage history is steeped in alcohol and is a little drunk with the facts. This post, and 99 after this,…

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