Tales Of A Cocktail

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DownloadedFile-1No, I’m not about to break into stories about my novel dating life.  I’ll leave those tales behind for now.  What I do want to talk about is the old-fashioned cocktail.images-2

Sure, shows like Sex and the City and Mad Men put certain drinks back on the map.  The 90’s was the decade of the Cosmo, and Mad Men pointed out how socially acceptable it was for men to drink at work, showing how real men socialized and made decisions over whiskey.  Take note I said “men”.  You would be hard pressed to find an image of a woman having a classic cocktail in the 1950’s.

images-6Funny thing is, in the 1920’s it was very classy and cool for a woman to have a drink.  Did they regress in the 50’s?  Anyway, this provoked thoughts about certain drinks and periods of time.

Isn’t it funny,  just like smelling certain scents, a drink can put you right back in a past situation or a period of time?  What I mean by this is, did you ever smell a perfume or cologne and instantly think of a person or place?  Drinks are the same.  If it’s in the middle of winter and you sip a pina colada, it will probably take you back to your tropical vacation in the 80’s on a beach in Mexico or something.  The smell of beer will probably always remind you of your college days.

CoCo Chanel originally was inspired by what men wore.  She turned the iconic look into one of the most feminine and well-respected brands in history.  This led me to my next thought…. Why not take an old, high society male drink and make it a feminine trend?  The Manhattan, vermouth on the rocks with a lemon twist, the gimlet, scotch neat, and so many others.  We have already seen the martini movement in the early 2000’s.   Although I have to admit, the only martinis I took away from this era were the lychee martini and a dirty martini with a blue cheese stuffed olive (but that’s just me).

Bartender! I’d like vermouth on the rocks with a lemon peel please! I happen to enjoy this drink, but I always feel silly ordering it.  I myself am not a big drinker by any means.  I’m lucky if I could finish half a drink when I go out for a cocktail.  But I do think there is certain sophistication, elegance or sexiness about women drinking a “man’s” drink.  It absolutely draws attention to a woman’s mouth and well-manicured hands.  Perhaps that is the appeal.  Or perhaps I just view it as empowering or shaking things up.

On the flip side, why are men so afraid to order a sugary drink?  Why is there a stigma for a guy to order one of these yummy creations?  Men like sugar, too.  Men, free yourselves!  Be proud to have a fruity drink!  It tastes good.  You are comfortable enough in your manhood to wear pink, aren’t you?  Order the bay breeze, the Bellini or the sex on the beach.  Rumor has it, men enjoy sex on the beach.  Why are they so embarrassed to order one?

I’m not looking to start a movement.  Actually, this basically has already been moved!  I just think it’s a fun way to refresh things and see them in a different light.

Next time you go out for a cocktail, think of me and order something different.  Live a little, be the interesting one in the group.  Break away from the pack and enjoy an old school cocktail.  Own that “man”  drink and be elegant doing it.

Here is what I know about making a great Manhattan and a delicious Amaretto sour.


3 parts Canadian or rye whiskey

1 part sweet (red) vermouth

1 dash bitters

Make in mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until very cold (stirring is very important to help the ice melt to water it down a bit and make it more palatable). Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Amaretto sour

2 x 25 ml shots Amaretto (almond liqueur)

1 lemon, (juice only)

¼ shot sugar syrup

½ egg whites

1 cherry

1 lemon wedge

Put the Amaretto, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour into a tumbler filled with ice and decorate with the cherry and lemon wedge.

Non-Egg Version

1 part Ameretto

1 part sweet and sour mix

1 part orange Juice

Shake and serve over ice in a tall glass.

Andrea’s drink tip – If you don’t know this already, please take note.  Nothing grosser than a glass full of lipstick.  Easy solution is to nonchalantly lick your glass and voila!  You just took the “stick” out of your lipstick.images-3

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