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Jan 262013

Crazy Named Cocktails And More

a vous

When I was getting my house back together after Christmas, I discovered a book I had bought a long time ago and had forgotten about it. The name is A Vous. It is the fifth printing of Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide & Ladies’ Companion dated 1946! In the book is an old restaurant bill from Mitchell’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Skokie, Ill., that had written on it, 1 martini and one C. Club ($.50 each). The food items were 1 cheese omlet ($.80) and 1 gr steak ($.85) totaling the bill to $2.71 with $.06 sales tax! Can you imagine getting a tab like that today?

old recipt

Some of the recipes and drinks included in the book are hysterically funny, not what’s in them so much as the different name’s of them and some of the comments written under them. For instance, the Nuit de Noces (for two, of course!). The recipe reads, 1-1/2 oz lime juice, 1 oz light maple syrup and 4 oz Rhum Negrita, whatever that is! Then it goes on to say, Having hung out the sign “Please Do Not Disturb” (I assume you’d be in a hotel), fill champagne glass (coupe preferred) with finely crushed ice and pour the mixture over the ice to the brim of the glass. Sip slowly and the world becomes yours. Repeat as often as necessary. Isn’t that a hoot?

Another drink name was, Ants in the Pants and it combined gin, grand marnier, sweet vermouth and a dash of lemon. Not a bad combo, but under the recipe it said: This composition according to the astrologers is said to promote philoprogenitiveness, and also, curiously enough to inhibit talking in one’s sleep. So if you sleep with a talker, fix up one of these concoctions so you can get a good night sleep.

Another name in the book was, Gingivitis; I think I’ll skip that one! A couple of other funny names were, Lord Helpus Cocktail, While Rome Burns, Elephants Sometimes Forget, Why Not Now and Old Puss!

Now on this one, remember I am just telling you what’s in the book! Apricots for Little Tots, this recipe is kinda scary! Cut 2 apricots in half, break the stones, and soak in 3 jiggers Cognac for 2 hours. Add: 2 teaspoons Peach Bitters, 4 jiggers Gin and 4 jiggers Dry Vermouth. Shake well and strain into cocktail glasses or a nursing bottle. Under the recipe is says this: Leading pediatricians recommend apricots for the infantile diet. Cross my heart and hope to die, I wrote it to the tee and no I don’t recommend feeding children alcohol, no no!

Well that’s it for today, but I do have lots more to share from this book in the future! Have a great weekend!

Jun 152012

Homemade Almond Liqueur

We love to make our own liqueur and this one is an addition to our frig, similar to Amaretto with a little twist of lemon!



3 cups sugar
2-1/4 cups water
Finely grated rind of 3 lemons
1 qt vodka
3 tbsp almond extract
2 tbsp vanilla extract


Combine the sugar, water and lemon rind in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Stir in the remaining ingredients and store in glass jars. I know you’ll be chomping at the bit to try it, but the longer it sits the better the flavor…………….enjoy!

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