Improved Stinger

The Stinger is a drink traditionally made with brandy and white créme de menthe, shaken and poured over ice. In spite of the fact that this would be, by traditional cocktail methodology, a stirred drink, the shaking adds aeration and mouthfeel that’s irreplaceable in the drink. An “improved” cocktail is a traditional cocktail to which either maraschino liqueur … Read More

The Stone Fence

Stone Fence cocktail illustration
The Stone Fence holds a special place in American history. It’s often associated with patriot, scholar, soldier and politician Ethan Allan. Born in rural Connecticut, Allen grew up wild, but educated. He led a group called The Green Mountain Boys who terrorized and destroyed the property of settlers coming into his territory from New York. When the Revolutionary War … Read More

The Joe Rickey

Joe Rickey cocktail illustration
The Joe Rickey was once a popular bourbon cocktail named after Colonel Joe Rickey, who was one of history’s magnificent losers. To start with, he served as an officer in the Confederate Army. But no one ever talks about that, or the fact that he spent the rest of his life working as a lobbyist and a political fixer. … Read More

The Brown Derby (or De Rigueur)

The Brown Derby cocktail
History is often a little murky regarding the origins of many classic cocktails. In no case is this more evident than the Brown Derby. Sorry, or is that the De Rigueur? Depending on which coast you’re on, the answer is “Sure.” The problem is that they’re identical cocktails that emerged around roughly the same time. The De Rigueur … Read More


Tools: mixing glass, strainer Glass: cocktail glass Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry A misplaced classic, the Boulevardier was once the toast of a golden age—1920s Paris. While credit for the cocktail is often given to Harry MacElhone, the proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, he names Edward Erskine Gwynne as the original creator. Edward … Read More