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A Bubbly Old Chap

The Buck’s Fizz is a champagne cocktail said to have been created at the Buck’s Club in London during the early 1920s. Its a basic two ingredient drink that’s very popular for brunch and often confused with the Mimosa.*

Great for setting up your at home bar as a self service station so guests can make their own. You’ll often see a selection of choices set out for larger parties.

Having several different types of juices, sparkling wines and fruit garnishes available makes it possible to create a variety of champagne cocktails. If you add liqueurs into the mix, a chalkboard or printed drink menu with a few of the brunch recipes listed out makes it easy for everyone to help themselves.



Behind The Bar - How To Make A Buck’s Fizz

Buck’s Fizz Cocktail Recipe (Savoy 1930):

  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz champagne

Preparation - use a long tumbler. Pour one quarter glass of orange juice. Fill the rest with champagne.


Buck’s Fizz Drink Recipe (IBA official):

  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 1 ½ oz champagne
  • orange twist for garnish

Directions - add fresh squeezed orange juice into a flute and top with champagne. Stir gently and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Did you notice how the main ingredient changed from the earlier published recipe to today’s modern version? Champagne used to be featured and now takes a backseat to OJ.



Members Only?

However, neither of these may reflect the true formulation which is said to be a club secret. Is there something missing?

Some say a little grenadine is called for to qualify as old-school. Still others claim up to three more additional ingredients are included in the original. Regardless, this pair is plainly pretty popular as is.



Cocktails Similar To The Buck’s Fizz
  • Bellini - peach puree and sparkling wine form an Italian combo.
  • D'Artagnan - Armagnac brandy, orange liqueur and simple syrup are also added to the mix.
  • Happy New Year Drink - a Buck’s Fizz with brandy and ruby port wine.
  • Screwdriver - another two part drink which substitutes vodka for the champagne.
  • Valencia - #2 puts apricot brandy and bitters into the recipe as well.

More cocktail and drink recipes starting with ‘B.’





References

* - Also confounding the issue is the British pop group Bucks Fizz who spells their band name the same as the drink, but without the apostrophe. Their song and dance routines yielded three No.1 singles in the United Kingdom with “Making Your Mind Up” (1981), “The Land of Make Believe” (1981) and “My Camera Never Lies” (1982) along with four other UK Top 10 hits (all in the 1980s). Two versions of the group exist today with one touring as Bucks Fizz and the other as The Fizz.

† - DISCLAIMER: Buck’s Club related images, logos, etc. are shown only as a point of reference / commentary for drink inspiration, origination, etc. and do not represent an affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement by any member, associated person or group.


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A Great British Drink

The Whisky Mac, short for Whisky MacDonald, is a classic cocktail made with Scotch whisky and green ginger wine. Half ‘n’ half is customary, but ratios of 3 to 2 or slightly higher have become the modern standard.*



Behind The Bar - How To Make A Whisky Mac At Home

Whisky Mac Drink Recipe:

  • 1 ½ oz blended Scotch whisky
  • 1 oz green ginger wine

Add both ingredients to a glass and stir together without ice. This drink is meant to be a warmer. In fact, depending on the weather, some add a wee bit of boiling water much like a Hot Toddy does.



The MacDonald Cocktail / Whisky Mac History
A Golfer’s Favourite

Certainly in chilly weather Scotland anyway, where the Whisky Mac is a staple at golf clubs throughout the country, famous and otherwise. For example, after professional golfers were first allowed use of the clubhouse in 1946,


Participants in the 1950 British Amateur were given free run of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and were warmed with sincere hospitality and an occasional Whisky Mac-Donald (whisky and ginger wine).†


This makes the Whisky Mac perfect as a British Open golf themed drink.



Charles Blair MacDonald

Armed with this knowledge, you might be inclined to think that the Whiskey Mac’s namesake was World Golf Hall of Fame member Charles Blair MacDonald. After all, he was born in 1855 to a Scottish father, went to St. Andrews University, was tutored by Old Tom Morris and competed against Young Tom Morris back in the day.‡

His accomplishments include helping to found the United States Golf Association (USGA), winning the first U.S. Amateur Championship and building the first 18 hole golf course in the United States. Being considered the father of American golf course architecture certainly sounds deserving of a signature drink and (as you’ll find out later in this article) that may well be the case. However, another source claims otherwise. So…



Who Is The Whisky Mac Named After?

According to Crabbie’s, one of the oldest producers of green ginger wine in Scotland, the Whisky Mac was named after then Brigadier-General Hector MacDonald during the British Raj of the Indian subcontinent (where ‘rāj’ means ‘rule’ in Hindustani).1 Colonel MacDonald was seconded to command the Sirhind district in the Punjab Province in October 1899, which happened to be one of the sources of the sixth cholera pandemic (1899–1923) which spread to Europe via Afghanistan, Persia and southern Russia as well.2

Early treatments for cholera included laudanum and calomel as well as camphor and ginger with the latter two both having had extended use as Bengallee medicines and were very popular as local remedies.3 Legend has it that the General mixed green ginger wine with whisky as a means to help ease symptoms of those suffering from the cholera disease where he was stationed.



MacDonald’s Drink Ingredient Inspiration?

Along with its storied medicinal properties, ginger also had a long history as a flavoring in alcoholic drinks. There were countless recipes available at the time for rum & ginger, ginger beer, ginger brandy, ginger gin and of course ginger wine, which dates back to at least 1740 London and the Finsbury Distillery Company’s brand called Stone’s ginger wine named after grocer Joseph Stone who was an important customer.4

By comparison, ginger and whisky combinations were few and far between. One early example is Robert Burns favourite recipe for a hunting flask (so pre 1796) which included whisky, lemon rinds, bruised ginger, ripe white currants and powdered loaf sugar.5 However, true liquid inspiration for what would become the Whisky MacDonald may have come in 1882 from humor magazine Puck when reader Freddy W. wanted to know a cure for sour apple cholera.6


Take a little Jamaica ginger7 and about half a hand of rye whiskey. Mix the two pretty well and pour them down. Five minutes later take a little Jamaica ginger and about half a hand of rye whiskey. Mix the two pretty well and pour them down. Then you will feel better; but, if you think you are not thoroughly cured, take a little Jamaica ginger and about half a hand - well, that is the way to cure sour apple cholera.


Additional cocktails previously recommended in connection with other cholera treatments at the time included Brandy Mint Juleps, Hot Toddys and Fernet-Branca.8,9



First Published

Its popularity in England prompted inclusion in an American cookbook in 1900 which appears to be its print debut.10 The MacDonald Cocktail which later became the Whisky MacDonald a.k.a Whisky Mac was originally listed simply as being made with one-half ginger wine and one-half Scotch whisky. No specific type of wine or whisky (i.e green or blended for example) was actually specified.

It was noted that although ginger wine was little used in the U.S. at the time, it was readily available at export houses and that Crabbie’s was a popular brand on the other side of the pond.



The MacDonald / Whisky Mac Recipe Iterations

Looks like there may have been a long lapse in print visibility, but this style of The MacDonald cocktail (see below for others) reëmerges, becoming the Whisky Mac to differentiate itself as brandy and rum versions are also introduced along the way. Rye whiskey replaces Scotch whisky in a couple drink formulas as well. Here’s the original MacDonald recipe’s early historical milestones and timeline.

  • 1920s - Fifty-fifty Stone’s Ginger Wine and Whisky (voted the drink of drinks by thousands of golfers)11
  • 1930 - ½ Sandy MacDonald whiskey + ½ ginger wine12
  • 1933 - 1 part Scotch malt whisky and 1 part ginger wine.13
  • 1934 - ½ ginger wine + ½ rye whiskey14
  • 1934 - ½ jigger whisky or brandy + ½ jigger ginger wine15
  • 1948 - 1 measure rum + 1 measure ginger cordial16


So, What’s The Rub?

Although they cited cold weather was coming,10 - suggesting the book was released later in 1900, even a December print date with a last minute edit only allows just over a year to go from being created in India, to becoming popular in England, to having the word spread to America, etc.2 THAT’S MORE THAN HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD! Way back when?

Even though there was limited telegraph and telephone service available at the time, this was BEFORE the internet, television and even radio. While it’s certainly possible, when you consider all those factors, that time frame seems too short to be realistic.

Alternate theory: Sandy MacDonald was an old Scotch whisky blend from 1840 Edinburgh and Stone’s reported an increase in ginger wine sales after the 1832 cholera outbreak.17 Could these two have paired up much earlier than their 1930 listing, say during the third, fourth or fifth pandemic, w/ Sandy Mac being the true namesake and the combo predating 1899?18,19

You’ll have to decide. However, as always, when and if further research suggests otherwise, we’ll update our findings. Cheers!



Old MacDonald Had A Farm
  • E-I-E-I-O.
  • And on his farm he had some drinks,
  • E-I-E-I-O.
  • With a MacDonald drink here,
  • And a MacDonald drink there,
  • Here a drink, there a drink,
  • Everywhere a drink-drink.

OK, enough already. As you’ve probably guessed, there are lots of other Mickey D cocktails. Here’s what the genealogical records show in the Mac family tree of mixology so far, oldest to youngest:



Kindred Spirits
  • Little Mac - lemon juice, bitters, syrup, Tom gin and fizz.
  • Mac Donalds Cocktail No. 1 - whiskey, Torino vermouth, curacao and Angostura bitters.
  • Mac Donalds Cocktail No. 2 - Scotch whisky, Italian vermouth, gum syrup, Angostura bitters and Chartreuse.
  • Sandy MacDonald Drink - rye whiskey, orange & angostura bitters, granulated sugar and twisted lemon peel.
  • OH! OH! MAC - brandy, Kina Lillet, Cointreau and lemon.
  • Johnnie Mack - sloe gin, curacao and absinthe.
  • Mac-Donald Cocktail - rye whiskey, Benedictine, Secco vermouth and Angostura bitters.
  • Jock MacDonald Drink - rye whiskey, Lillet, lemon juice and apricot brandy.
  • Flora MacDonald - ??? (1937 Cafe Royal note: obtain from UK Bartender’s Guild post free)



Cocktails Similar To The Whisky Mac
  • Bishop’s Cocktail - Stone’s green ginger wine and gin.
  • Danny’s Delight - Angostura bitters, ginger wine, Irish whiskey, lemonade and sweet vermouth.
  • Dark and Staurmy - ginger wine, soda water and spiced rum liqueur.
  • Empire Glory - Canadian Club whiskey, ginger wine, grenadine and lemon juice.
  • Fireside Shot - Benedictine, dark rum and ginger wine.
  • Gin-Gin / Gingerbury Cocktail - gin, ginger wine and Angostura bitters.
  • Grenadier - brandy, ginger wine and grenadine.
  • J.B.’s - orange bitters, curacao, ginger brandy, green ginger wine and french vermouth w/ a squeeze of lemon.
  • Rosy Rapture - a Whisky Mac w/ Angostura bitters.
  • Sticks and Stone’s - green ginger wine and vodka.
  • West Indian Ginger Swizzle - Angostura bitters, ginger wine and rum.



Related Drinks
  • Astringent - Jamaica ginger, port wine and brandy
  • Cholera Cocktail - brandy, blackberry and cherry brandies, Jamaica ginger and port wine.
  • Penicillin - blended Scotch whisky, lemon juice, honey syrup, muddled fresh ginger and Islay single malt Scotch.

More cocktails that begin with the letter ‘W.’





References

* - “Whisky Mac.” Difford’s Guide. Web. 10 July 2018.

† - Wind, Herbert Warren. The Gilded Age of Sport: 1945–1960 (New York City: Simon and Schuster, 1961). Print.

‡ - Charles B. MacDonald. Retrieved July 15, 2018.

1 - “Crabbie’s Green Ginger and Freemasonry.” Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No.76 lectures page. Web. 12 July 2018.

2 - The London Gazette 21 June, 1901. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/27325/page/4186

3 - Harrison, M. “A Dreadful Scourge: Cholera in Early Nineteenth-Century IndiaModern Asian Studies

4 - “Our History - Finsbury DistilleryStone’s Original Green Ginger Wine Web. 11 July 2018.

5 - Cups and Their Customs (London: John Van Voorst, 1863), 50. Print.

6 - Agricultural Editor. “Our Agriculture.” Puck. May 3, 1882. Print.

7 - Jamaica ginger extract, a.k.a Jake, contained between 70 and 80% grain alcohol. This was well before Prohibition, so there was no tri-ortho cresyl phosphate (TOCP) being used as an additive yet which caused tens of thousands of people in 1930 to lose muscle control and be the subject of songs like “Jake Walk Papa” by Asa Martin, “Jake Leg Blues” by the Mississippi Sheiks, “Alcohol and Jake Blues” by Tommy Johnson, “Jake Jigga Juke” by Iron Mike Norton, and “Jake Liquor Blues” by Ishman Bracey.

8 - E. B. Hammack, M. D. The Family Physician and Guide To Health; A System of Domestic Medicine Including A Treatise On Midwifery and the Diseases Peculiar to Women (St. Louis: Southwestern Book and Publishing Co., 1869). Print.

9 - C. F. Lawlor, The Mixicologist Or How To Mix All Kinds Of Fancy Drinks (Cincinnati: Lawlor & Co., 1895), 136. Print.

10 - Jennie Day Rees. The Complete Cook Book (Philadelphia: David McKay, 1900), 313. Print.

11 - Stone’s Party Book (London UK: Stone’s Ginger Wine, 1920s). Print. via GingerWine.com

12 - Charlie Roe and Jim Schwenck, The Home Bartender’s Guide and Song Book (New York: Experimenter Publications, 1930), 45. Print.

13 - And So To Bed - Revised and Enlarged Edition in Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Samuel Pepys 1633-1933) (Montreal: Distillers Corporation, Seagram’s Limited, 1933). Print. via Elemental Mixology.

14 - Tom and Jerry, How To Mix Drinks (Washington D.C.: Maxine Publishing Company, 1934), 7. Print.

15 - “Cocktail Bill” Boothby, The World’s Drinks And How To Mix Them (San Francisco: Recorder Printing and Publishing Co., 1934), 105. Print.

16 - Eddie Clark, Shaking With Eddie at the American Bar (London: The Albany Club, 1948), 51. Print. Named a Rum Mac here, later called a Rum & Ginger by Stone’s Original Green Ginger Wine in 1950s advertising.

17 - “Our History - Ginger’s Medicinal PropertiesStone’s Original Green Ginger Wine Web. 09 July 2018.

18 - There’s also a separate Sandy MacDonald Cocktail.12,14 Ingredients are listed above under the “Kindred Spirits” heading.

19 - Many websites claim the Whisky Mac has been around since the 1860s, but we haven’t been able to verify.


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Puerto Rico’s Official Beverage Since 1978

The Piña Colada ( Spanish for pineapple + strained ) is another celebrated rum drink with origins in the Caribbean tropic along with the Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, El Floridita, El Presidente, Hotel Nacional and Mojito among others. This cocktail moves to another island nation away from Cuba though and is firmly rooted in Puerto Rico.



History Of The Piña Colada
Death Plunders Recipe From Pirate and Crew

The earliest combination of coconut, pineapple and white rum (Pina Colada’s famous current recipe) is rumored to have been Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí’s way to boost the morale of the crew. However, his formula is said to have died with him on his deathbed in 1825.*


Earliest Mention

The Piña Colada as a drink first appears in writing as a list of ingredients minus an actual recipe in a 1922 edition of TRAVEL magazine. Note how coconut has not yet been included though.†


Havana has learned the art of mixed drinks from her northern neighbor, and has contributed some original creations. In Cuba, the ingredients of every known drink are to be had, even those of the South Seas. At the end of almost every bar is a heap of ripe pineapples and green coconuts. An excellent drink is made by mixing the milk of the latter with a little gin and a cake of sugarjoam. But best of all is a pina colada, the juice of a perfectly ripe pineapple -a delicious drink in itself- rapidly shaken up with ice, sugar, lime and Bacardi rum in delicate proportions. What could be more luscious, more mellow and more fragrant?


A Taste Of Coconut Is Included

In the 1893 song and probably earlier, they pass around the gin, rum or brandy, anything that’s handy, and drink to Robinson Crusoe. In the 1936 Robinson Crusoe cocktail, pineapple juice and rum are mixed together and poured into a coconut shell with ice for a hint of modern Piña Colada flavor.‡


Um, Where’s The Rum?
They also sold a cocoanut [sic] and pineapple mix called Pinacolada [sic] ~ Middletown Times Herald - 1937


Cuba’s Pina Colada?
Drinks in the West Indies range from Martinique’s famous rum punch to Cuba’s pina colada (rum, pineapple and coconut milk). Key West has a variety of lime swizzles and punches, and Granadians use nutmeg in their rum drinks. ~ New York Times - 1950, April 16


Three Bartenders Claim Credit

1: History seems to be in agreement on this one. The modern Pina Colada was born in 1954 at the Beachcomber Bar in San Juan after being created through three months of experimentation by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. The Caribe Hilton Hotel management had requested a signature drink they could feature to impress and attract A-list guests. One of whom was a Hollywood legend who said after tasting one:


It was better than slapping Bette Davis in the face. ~ Joan Crawford1


Turns out one of the primary ingredients, coconut cream, had been developed as Coco Lopez by Ramón López Irizarry at the University of Puerto Rico just prior. Twenty four years later, the Piña Colada was declared the official drink by the Puerto Rican government. The delicious reason why is below, but first are the two others claiming credit.


2: As another part of the Caribe Hilton Hotel staff, Ricardo Gracia was accustomed to offering their guests a welcome drink called Coco-Loco which was a mixture of coconut and rum served inside a fresh coconut. When a strike caused a shortage of coconuts, he decided to serve the Coco-Loco inside of pineapples. That hint of flavor is sort of similar to the Robinson Crusoe cocktail listed above, only in reverse.


3: Lastly is La Barrachina Restaurant barman Ramon Portas Mingot who purported inventing the combination of rum, pineapple and coconut in 1963. Outside the Old San Juan restaurant in Puerto Rico is a marble plaque with an inscription that reads, “La Casa donde nacio La Piña Colada en el año 1963 por Don Ramon Portas Mingot - The house where in 1963 The Piña Colada was created by Don Ramon Portas Mingot.”



Behind The Bar - How To Make A Piña Colada At Home

Piña Colada Recipe:

  • 3 oz light golden rum
  • 1 ½ oz (3 tbs) coconut cream
  • 1 ½ oz (3 tbs) crushed pineapple

Blend all ingredients along with 2 cups of crushed ice at high speed. Strain into a chilled collins or other tall glass and serve with a straw or two.


A Popular Summertime Favorite

This drink along with the Cuban favorites mentioned above is historically one of the top ten most popular cocktails depending on where you live and what season it is. Another Pina Colada recipe is featured there as well which doesn’t require a blender and is served on the rocks. Either way, its certainly a savored summertime sip for most.

Both would fit right in with the cookies & cream cocktail recipes for a ladies night at your home bar, however, its also considered a pretty romantic drink. You’ll have to decide when to throw which party.


Want Another Reason To Celebrate?

July 10th is National Pina Colada Day. Enjoy!


If You Like Pina Coladas

Escape (The pina colada song) - Rupert Holmes [Subtitlada & Lyrics] HD - YouTube


Then you’ll want to sing along to the 1979 Rupert Holmes Pina Colada song called “Escape” from Partners in Crime. The lyrics in English and Spanish are below.2,3

- OR -

If you prefer a little jazz rock, then maybe “Bad Sneakers” (and a Piña Colada my friend) from Steely Dan’s 1975 album Katy Lied will hit the spot.


Similar Drinks
  • Anegada Punch - overproof rum, coconut liqueur, grenadine, guava and pineapple juices.
  • Arizona Twister - vodka, coconut rum, gold tequila, OJ, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and grenadine.
  • Barbados - light rum, triple sec and pineapple juice.
  • Belize Rum Punch - light and dark rum, grenadine, pineapple juice, orange liqueur, sweet and sour mix and cream of coconut.
  • Blue Hawaiian - light rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and cream of coconut.
  • Bushwacker - dark rum, coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, cream of coconut and milk or half & half.
  • Carolina Dream - white rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, peach, lime juice, sugar and orange liqueur.
  • Chi-Chi - a Pina Colada made with vodka instead of rum.
  • Coquito (Puerto Rican eggnog) - rum, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Dangerous Dave - cream of coconut, pineapple juice and tequila.
  • Havana - light rum, pineapple juice and lemon juice.
  • Lifesaver - melon liqueur, light rum and pineapple juice.
  • Nutty Colada - a Piña Colada made with amaretto rather than rum.
  • Painkiller - Pusser’s rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and orange juice.
  • Pineapple Rum Cassis - light rum, pineapple juice and creme de cassis.
  • Pino Frio - Cuban rum, pineapple and sugar with optional lemon or lime juice.
  • Robinson Crusoe - pineapple juice and Cuban rum.
  • Staten Island Ferry - a tongue & cheek “tropical island” Pina Colada made with Malibu coconut flavored rum and pineapple juice.



References

* - “Con diez cañones por banda… y una piña colada en la mano”. El Nuevo Diario. 9 July 2008.

† - Travel Magazine December 1922 page 14 via wiki.webtender.com.

‡ - Frank Meier, The Artistry Of Mixing Drinks. (France: Fryam Press, 1936), 38. Print.

1 - Christopher Klein, “The Birth of the Piña Colada.” History. 16, June 2015.

2 - Escape Song Lyrics in English:

  • I was tired of my lady, we´d been together too long
  • Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song
  • So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed
  • And in the personals column, there was this letter I read

  • “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
  • If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
  • If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
  • I´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape”

  • I didn´t think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean
  • But me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routine
  • So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad
  • And though I´m nobody´s poet, I thought it wasn´t half bad

  • “Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
  • I´m not much into health food, I am into champagne
  • I´ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape
  • At a bar called O'Malley’s, where we´ll plan our escape”

  • So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place
  • I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face
  • It was my own lovely lady, and she said, “Oh, it´s you”
  • And we laughed for a moment, and I said, “I never knew”

  • “That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
  • And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne
  • If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
  • You´re the love that I´ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

  • “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
  • If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
  • If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
  • I’m the love that you’ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

3 - Escape song lyrics en español

  • Estaba cansada de mi señora, habíamos estado juntas demasiado tiempo
  • Como una grabación agotada, de una canción favorita
  • Así que mientras ella estaba allí durmiendo, leí el papel en la cama
  • Y en la columna de personals, había esta carta que leí

  • “Si te gusta Pina Coladas, y quedar atrapado en la lluvia
  • Si no estás en yoga, si tienes medio cerebro
  • Si te gusta hacer el amor a medianoche, en las dunas de la capa
  • Soy el amor que has buscado, escríbeme y escapa”

  • No pensé en mi señora, sé que suena algo malo
  • Pero yo y mi anciana, nos habíamos metido en la misma vieja y aburrida rutina
  • Así que escribí al periódico, saqué un anuncio personal
  • Y aunque no soy poeta de nadie, pensé que no era malo

  • “Sí, me gusta Pina Coladas, y quedarme atrapado en la lluvia
  • No soy mucho en la comida sana, estoy en el champán
  • Tengo que reunirme con usted para mañana a mediodía, y cortar toda esta burocracia
  • En un bar llamado O'Malley’s, donde planeamos nuestro escape”

  • Así que esperé con grandes esperanzas, entonces ella caminó en el lugar
  • Conocí su sonrisa en un instante, supe la curva de su rostro
  • Era mi propia señora encantadora, y ella dijo, “Oh, es usted”
  • Y nos reímos un momento, y dije: “Nunca supe”

  • “Que te gustó Pina Coladas, y quedar atrapado en la lluvia
  • Y la sensación del océano, y el sabor del champán
  • Si te gusta hacer el amor a medianoche, en las dunas de la capa
  • Eres el amor que he buscado, ven conmigo, y escapa”

  • “Si te gusta Pina Coladas, y quedar atrapado en la lluvia
  • Si no estás en yoga, si tienes medio cerebro
  • Si te gusta hacer el amor a medianoche, en las dunas de la capa
  • Soy el amor que has buscado, ven conmigo y escapa ”


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Emerald City Drinks Have Gemstone Color

The Emerald City Cocktail is a blue-green gem colored drink with a number of variations, not be confused with a pair of Irish inebriates, the Emerald (old or new) and the Emerald Isle. The most common recipes all include a combination of green melon and blue curacao liqueurs, which when mixed together produce the emerald color, along with a white rum, usually coconut or spiced.


Emerald City Cocktail Recipe:

  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz green melon liqueur
  • 1 oz blue curacao liqueur
  • 1 splash sweet and sour mix
  • 1 splash lemon-lime soda

Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled hurricane lamp shaped glass and stir with a long bar spoon. Other variations of the Emerald City cocktail mix in orange and pineapple juices giving them even more of a Tiki drink quality similar to a Planter’s Punch. Garnish with an optional pineapple wedge and cherry.



Four Emerald Cities Can Lay Claim To Namesake Cocktail As Signature Drink

Emerald City is the capital city in the fictional Land of Oz, a nickname for Machu Picchu (shown above), the unofficial sobriquet of Sydney, Australia and the official moniker of Seattle, Washington making the cocktail a namesake and great themed drink for celebrating related events in these cities. Its also perfect behind the bar on game day as a Seattle Seahawks football, Mariners baseball or Sounders soccer cocktail, who all have blue and green team colors.


Similar Drinks
  • Blue Hawaiian - light rum, pineapple juice, blue curacao liqueur and cream of coconut.
  • Bon Bini - curaçao, pineapple juice and white rum.
  • El Presidente - white rum, orange curacao, dry vermouth and grenadine.
  • Fedora Drink - bourbon whiskey, rum, brandy, curacao, sugar and lemon slice.
  • Fox Trot - lemon or lime juice, orange curacao and light rum.
  • Mai Tai - white & black rum, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup and lime juice.
  • Pilgrim Cocktail - two rums, orange curacao, oj, lime juice, allspice pimento dram and aromatic bitters.
  • Purple People Eater Iced Tea - vodka, white rum, gin, silver tequila, orange liqueur, sweet and sour mix, blue curaçao liqueur, grenadine and lemon-lime soda.
  • Rauhreif / Rime - curacao, gin, grenadine, Jamaican dark rum and lemon juice served in tumbler with sugar frosted rim.
  • Romulan Ale - vodka, silver rum and blue curacao liqueur.
  • Wealthy Bastard - bitters, curaçao, dark rum, gin, ginger ale and lime juice.




References

Machu Picchu image by David Stanley via Flickr CC BY 2.0


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What’s A Purple Hooter

The Purple Hooter cocktail is at a minimum, a three part recipe which always contains vodka and black raspberry liqueur, that’s usually served as a shot. However, the third ingredient is not standard by any means and along with some recipes calling for a fourth or fifth mixer, this shot sometimes becomes a long drink as shown below.

The history of the Purple Hooter cocktail shot is unclear and as you’ll see, there are many recipe variations of the drink. Here’s some of the more common concoctions of this popular purple party potation, several of which go by other names including a few hue pay homage to a classic Jimi Hendrix song.



How To Mix The Purple Hooter(s)

Purple Hooter Drink Recipe:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ½ oz raspberry liqueur
  • ½ oz cranberry juice
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 2 - 3 oz soda water


Add the first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice. Top off with soda water. Garnish with lime wedge or skewered raspberries.

This formulation is probably the lightest tint out of all of these eight drink recipes and borders on lavender colored. The cranberry raspberry shot listed below is the darkest shade. If you give a hoot.


Purple Hooter Shooter:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ½ oz raspberry liqueur
  • ½ oz lime juice

Stir the vodka, raspberry liqueur and lime juice together with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve. This shooter is sometimes called the purple kamikaze and might arguably be the most popular three ingredient hooter combination used.


Purple Hooter Shot Recipes:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ½ oz raspberry liqueur .. mixed with:
    • ½ oz sweet n sour

      - OR -

    • ½ oz triple sec

      - OR -

    • ½ oz lemon juice (sometimes called Grape Nehi* along with others)

      - OR -

    • ½ oz lemon-lime soda (a.k.a purple haze, usually with lemon vodka)

      - OR -

    • ½ oz cranberry juice (another version referred to as purple haze)

      - OR -

    • ½ oz lime juice
    • ½ oz simple syrup (yet another known as both a hooter and a haze)

Many of the proportions on these variations change as well. Anywhere from about 1:1:1 to a bit stiffer. You’ll have to experiment to suit your own individual taste. What would Jimi do?



Plum Perfect Party Pairings

If you assume that the hooter in the name refers to an owl, which many do not, then this colorful cocktail may be best served as a fowl mouthed drink for a Baltimore Ravens themed football party or another amethyst adorned avian association. Sticking to professional sports though, their are handful of other teams with violet colors in their mascots and uniforms that would be plum perfect for pairing with a purple hooter as well. Birds of a different feather, so to speak.

In fact all four of the major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL & NHL) have at least one team that sports purple colors in their uniforms. Baseball has the Colorado Rockies. Basketball has the Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns (who also play in the purple palace) and the Sacramento Kings in royal purple.

Football has the Baltimore Ravens and the Minnesota Vikings purple people eaters from the late 1960s to late 1970s. Hockey has the Los Angeles Kings who have worn the color on an off through many uniform changes.

Outside of the Purple Hooter, there are relatively few cocktails with this color. Another way to show team spirit or theme a tailgate party is with colored ice cubes. This will work with just about any clear or lightly colored cocktail and opens up a lot more possibilities for your party’s drink menu as well.




References

* - A favorite of Corporal Radar O'Reilly of M*A*S*H, although he ordered the Grape Nehi (pronounced “knee high”) soda pop from the bar at the Officer’s Club, not the cocktail.


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Don’t Be Buffaloed By Goblet Sized Highball - Dash Don’t Change A Thing

The Buffalo Cocktail was one of the first in a long list of highball style drinks concocted over the years. Similar to a Gin and Tonic or a Scotch and Soda, it started out as a goblet of whiskey and water (sparkling mineral to be exact), but a dash of lemon juice was added later to enhance the flavor a bit.*

Hardly enough to matter much though. It just makes it sort of a hybrid highball is all.

Whiskey, water, sugar, lemon juice and bitters chart 5 of the most popular cocktail ingredients of all time. You could add some sugar and a few more dashes of lemon juice to Buffalo Drink Recipe No. 2 to make a Whiskey Sour for example.



Behind The Bar - How To Make A Buffalo Cocktail At Home

Buffalo Cocktail Recipe:

  • 1 drink whiskey
  • 1 dash lemon
  • 1 - 2 oz seltzer water

Be sure to leave a little room, but add as much of your fire water of choice as you choose to a small goblet filled with three gobs of ice. Dash on some lemon juice and top with mineral, seltzer, soda or tonic water. Stir and serve.



History Of The Buffalo Cocktail
Let’s Splif The Difference

The Buffalo Cocktail began life in 1895 as a larger version of the Splificator.† Or, maybe the Splificator, a form of ‘splificate’ said by some to mean “to cut in half,” was the smaller bison.

Either way, the two drinks were originally one in the same as far as ingredients go. Whiskey and Apollinaris sparkling mineral water from Germany‡ on the rocks with the Splificator served in a medium thin glass and the Buffalo upsized to a small goblet. Depending on your glassware back then, small bar glasses were typically 5 to 8 ounces in size, while goblets tended to be 8 ½ ounces and up, although the Mixicologist didn’t specifically say or pictorially illustrate this like many other books of that same era did.




Who’s Joe Wheeler?

Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler was a general in both the Confederate States Army and the United States Army who in between the Civil War and the Spanish-American war served multiple terms as a democratic congressman from the state of Alabama pictured third from left above.1 He also had a namesake cocktail published in 1900 which was essentially a rye whiskey Splificator served in a small sour glass with ‘one’ piece of ice, unstirred and garnished with a slice of lemon on top.2

So, what’s the connection?

The addition of a hint of lemon is unknown and having commanded the 9th and 10th Calvary Divisions of Buffalo Soldiers during the invasion of Cuba in 1898 is probably just a coincidence (to this drink recipe), but the glass size may be related as far as rations, etc. Who knows.

However, here’s the fun part:

During a Confederate reunion a story was told about how, just before going to battle, General Wheeler offered a Lieutenant a drink from his canteen and the junior officer seemed disappointed after he drank. When asked, “what’s the matter,” the Lieutenant replied, “I thought it was whiskey.”


But, I never drink anything stronger than water. ~ General Joseph Wheeler


At least before battle anyway. His orders were that, prior to an engagement, all canteens must be filled with water and not whiskey, which is probably what inspired this mixture as his signature drink.3


Whiskey and Water (and Lemon)

A couple years later, Bishop & Babcock Co., a manufacturer of beer pumps, bar cocks, faucets, ice boxes and other bartending supplies, decided to add a splash of lemon juice to a drink of whiskey topped with seltzer water as described above. Their recipe had gobs of ice, but let the fancy stemwared Buffalo go roam the Great Plains of containers in a small bar glass instead of a chalice.4



GameDay Parties and Tailgating

The Buffalo Cocktail makes a great themed drink for sports teams branded with this bovid breed like the City of Buffalo Bandits (NLL Lacrosse), Bills (NFL Football), Bison (IL Baseball), Sabres (NHL Hockey) and others in Upstate New York including the University Of Buffalo Bulls. There’s also the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA Basketball) and a host of collegiate clubs as shown below.


List Of College Sports Teams With A Bison Or Buffalo Mascot (location - name):

  • Bethany College Bison (Bethany, West Virginia - Boomer)
  • Bucknell University Bisons (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania - Bucky)
  • Gallaudet University Bison (Washington, D.C. - Gally)
  • Harding University Bisons (Searcy, Arkansas - Buff)
  • Howard University Bison (Washington, D.C. - Bison)
  • Lipscomb University Bisons (Nashville, Tennessee - Lu)
  • Manhattan Area Technical College Bison (Manhattan, Kansas - Bodi & Brandi)
  • Marshall University Thundering Herd (Huntington, West Virginia - Marco)
  • Milligan College Buffaloes (Milligan College, Tennessee - The Buffalo)
  • Nichols College Bison (Dudley, Massachusetts - Thunder)
  • North Dakota State University Bison aka The Thundering Herd (Fargo, North Dakota - Thundar in costume)
  • Oklahoma Baptist University Bison (Shawnee, Oklahoma - Belshazzar)
  • University of Colorado Buffaloes (Boulder, Colorado - Buffalo Chip in costume / Ralphie the live American Bison)
  • University of Manitoba Bison (Winnipeg, Canada - Billy)
  • West Texas A&M University Buffaloes or Buffs (Canyon, Texas - Thunder live)
  • Williston State College Tetons (Williston, North Dakota - buffalo mascot named after the mountain range)


Dumb And Dumbledore

Thankfully, none of these reputable schools of higher learning will teach Cliff Clavin’s buffalo theory of drinking to their students. And, just like in the Harry Potter movie, this Goblet Of Fire Water is surrounded by Dumbledore’s “Age Line” charm, which prevents underage wizards from drinking until they have reached the legal age to do so. Young Harry Potters, collegiate and otherwise, will have to stick with butterbeer until then.5


DO NOT try to fool the goblet with aging potion or you will grow a long white buffalo beard. Cheers!




References

* - Not to be confused with the Buffallo [sic] Fizz which also adds powdered sugar, sherry wine and egg white to the mix.

† - C. F. Lawlor, The Mixicologist Or How To Mix All Kinds Of Fancy Drinks (Cincinnati: Lawlor & Co., 1895), 37. Print.

‡ - Cincinnati’s namesake cocktail mixed with half lager beer and half soda water or ginger ale was published in the same year. With the city’s large population of German immigrants, you have to wonder if that spirits and H2O formulation along with the use of a German mineral water in the Buffalo Cocktail was a recipe with ties to Germany that was brought over from Europe at the time.

1 - Pictured above left to right are the staff of the 1st US Volunteer Regiment, the “Rough Riders,” in Tampa, Taylor MacDonald, Major Alexander Oswald Brodie, former Civil War Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, person unknown, Leonard Wood and then Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt via.

2 - “Bartenders of Prominence” The National Police Gazette: New York 28 Apr. 1900: 14. Print. Joe Wheeler cocktail recipe submitted by “Doc” Dortic, Royal Music Hall, Savannah, Ga.

3 - Pendleton, B. A. “General Joe Wheeler and the Lieutenant.” The Myrtle: Boston via The New Voice: 24 May 1902: 84. Print.

4 - Bishop & Babcock Co., Fancy Drinks : How They Are Mixed (Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, New York: Bishop & Babcock Co., 1902), 24. Print.

5 - The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is divided into four houses whose mascots are the Gryffindor lion, the Hufflepuff badger, the Ravenclaw eagle and the Slytherin serpent. When the Triwizard Tournament’s wooden goblet isn’t spouting participate’s names in a fountain of magical fire, Harry Potter probably has it filled with butterbeer.


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We’ll Pit These Peaches Against Those From Halfway Around The World By George

Georgia Peach cocktails are possible because in 1571 Franciscan monks planted peach trees on St. Simons and Cumberland islands which originally came from Europe via Persia by way of China. A few hundred years later the “Father of the Georgia Peach industry,” Samuel Henry Rumph, revolutionized the business by both developing a superior new variety he named after his wife Elberta and by inventing a way to refrigerate the peaches during shipping in iced train cars.* The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Georgia produces about two million bushels of peaches annually. Some of which are turned into namesake cocktails like the ones below.



Behind The Bar - How To Make Georgia Peach Cocktails At Home

Georgia Peach Drink Recipe No. 1:

  • 1 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 - 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 - 2 oz cranberry juice

Start by pouring the peach schnapps over ice in a highball glass. Then top with the orange and cranberry juices to taste and serve.


Georgia Peach Drink Recipe No. 2:

  • ¾ oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur
  • 1 oz peach schnapps
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash grenadine bar syrup

If you’re keen on a little extra peach flavor, then this second stiffer drink that’s flavored twice and drawn on the farmers’ market blackboard above is peachy keen.

Add the Southern Comfort and peach schnapps to a highball glass filled with ice. Top with orange juice and dash on the grenadine for a blush of color so your drink mimics the skin tones of a ripe peach. Garnish with a cherry and serve.


Georgia Peach Drink Recipe No. 3:

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz peach schnapps
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • 3 - 4 oz lemonade

Add the first three ingredients to a large Collins glass filled with ice. Top with lemonade.


Why No Peach Slice Garnish?

That’s a darn good question. Seems pretty crazy that none of these ‘classic’ recipes suggest garnishing with a fresh slice of Persian plum, so we will.


A piece of Prunus persica perfects the preparation.



Ever Heard Of The Atlanta Peaches?

All of these drinks would make great NFL team themed cocktails for the Atlanta Falcons. Not only because Atlanta is the capitol of Georgia where the peach is the official state fruit, but also because the Atlanta Falcons might have been named the Atlanta Peaches based on entries to a local radio station’s naming contest.†


Actually, you might want to drink to that not happening. Go Falcons!


They would also be a peachy addition to your list of golf drinks for The Masters tournament held annually in Augusta, Georgia.


Similar Drinks
  • Comfortable Screw - Southern Comfort and orange juice.
  • Fuzzy Navel - peach schnapps and orange juice.
  • Sex on the Beach - a Georgia Peach cocktail spiked with vodka.
  • Scarlet O'hara Cocktail - Southern Comfort, cranberry juice and lime juice.
  • Southern Peach - SoCo, cream and peach liqueur.
  • Stirrup Cup - Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and lemon juice.
  • Wagon Wheel Drink - SoCo, lemon juice, Cognac and grenadine.

Other drinks that start with ‘g.’



References

* - Rich History of the Georgia Peach via.

† - Falcons History - We Could’ve Been The Peaches via.


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A One-Two And Then Some

Want a taste of history? Yankee punch, in various forms, has been served for over 150 years with two of these recipes dating back to the 1860s and another to 1910 during the progressive era of the United States.

While perhaps being most closely associated with Independence Day, these 4th of July firewaters also make great NFL team drinks for the New England Patriots as well as namesake nips for the New York Yankees to go along with some of these other baseball themed cocktails. Which combination [sic] is your favorite?



Behind The Bar - How To Make Yankee Punch
Yankee Punch No. 1
  • 8 oz gin
  • 8 tbs powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs maraschino liqueur
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Add soda water to make 2 quarts and garnish with the peel of the lemons, thinly sliced.


Instead of soda water, add lemonade, with enough bergamot to displace the flavour of the gin, and it will then resemble the finest arrack punch. Or, a good substitute for arrack is obtained by adding 40 grains of benzoic acid to one quart of the finest Jamaica rum.*


Similar drinks using gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice include the Allen Special, Aviation and North Pole cocktails (see the full list there).



Yankee Punch No. 2
  • 3 oz pineapple, sliced
  • 6 grs vanilla
  • 1 gr ambergris
  • 1 pt brandy, strong, pale
  • 1 pt lemon juice
  • 1 btl lemon syrup
  • 1 btl wine, claret or port
  • 8 oz sugar
  • 1 ½ pt water, boiling

Soak the pineapple, vanilla and ambergris (rubbed with a little sugar) in the brandy for a few hours, shaking frequently. Strain the mixture through a jelly bag when complete, being careful to squeeze out all the liquid into the sugar water solution dissolved prior. Add the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly.†

This Yankee Punch recipe is sort of a cross between Sangria and Mulled Wine. Seven years later, modifications were made “across the pond” as follows:


Drop on each of 2 lumps of sugar 4 drops essence of vanilla, 2 drops essence of ambergris, which put into a bottle containing 1 pint of brandy; when well digested, add to it 1 pint of lemon-juice, 1 pint of lemon syrup, ½ bottle of port wine, 1 bottle Roussillon or Claret, dessertspoonful of orange-flower water; sweeten according to taste, and add as much water as required.‡



Yankee Punch No. 3
  • 8 oz Cognac
  • 4 oz Jamaican rum
  • 4 oz American whiskey
  • 1 tbs natural syrup
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Fill a large glass with crushed ice and mix the ingredients well. Garnish with fruits of the season and offer the drink with a straw or two or three. This is a very STRONG punch recipe so be sure to share with several people.1

Substitute grenadine as the sweetener and use smaller proportions for a Twelve Mile Limit cocktail.



Yankee Punch No. 4
  • 2 qt rye whiskey
  • 1 pt rum
  • 4 qt water
  • sugar
  • pineapple, chunks
  • lemon, slices

Stir together well sweetening to taste. Add ice just before serving.2

Shares the pineapple lemon theme with Yankee Punch recipe #2 above, but its simpler without the spices and the wine. Both the Havana and Linstead cocktails have those flavors in common too.




References

* - E. J. Tweed, The Economics Of Brewing (London: Groombridge and Sons, 1861), 83. Print.

† - Jerry Thomas, How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion (New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1862), 233. Print.

‡ - William Terrington, Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks. A Collection of Recipes for “Cups” and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds. (London and New York: George Routledge and Sons., 1869), 215. Print.

1 - E. Moreno, Manual Del Cantinero o Cocktelero Perfecto (Buenos-Aires: C. A. Maucci, 1910), 70. Print.

2 - Bob Sennett, Complete World Bartender Guide (New York: Bantam Books, 1981), 371. Print.


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Richard Saz So

Ingredient-wise, the Deadwood Dick cocktail is similar to the Sazerac cocktail, where both include rye whiskey, absinthe and simple syrup. However, the first also uses Angostura bitters, while the latter adds Peychaud’s bitters and lemon zest instead.





Behind The Bar - How To Make A Deadwood Dick Cocktail At Home

Deadwood Dick Drink Recipe (during Prohibition ;)

  • 1 Glass Rye (non-alcoholic)
  • 1 Dash Absinthe (non-alcoholic)
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 4 Dashes Syrup

Shake well and serve in medium size glasses.


This notorious bandit, killed in a pistol battle by ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok in 1874, made this drink famous throughout the West. He would reach a happy (if not always a gentle) state of inebriation after his depredations by absorbing this drink in generous quantities.*,†


Apparently this wasn’t Deadwood Dick’s only favorite drink either. The Yellow Daisy cocktail was another and he may have even invented it according to at least one source.*,‡





Neither Cocktail Was Featured In The TV Series Deadwood

The drinks list behind the bar in the Gem Saloon owned by Al Swearengen (played by Ian McShane, right) in the HBO TV series Deadwood, set in the 1870s, does not include Dick’s namesake cocktail or his favorite sip, as expected.*,1 However, many of the fancy drinks from that historical period were on the menu as detailed below.


 Fancy Drinks   Pony   Jigger 
     
 Gin Fix 10¢ 15¢
 Brandy Fix 15¢ 20¢
 Whiskey Fix 10¢ 15¢
 The Judge 15¢ 20¢
 Old Tom Gin  8¢ 14¢
 Blue Blazer 10¢ 15¢
 Absinthe 20¢ 25¢


Other Lawless Libations

The Upissippi cocktail is another wild west drink with a similar lawlessness and time in history as inspiration. Its named after the building of the Transcontinental Railroad from 1865 thru 1869 which was portrayed in another western TV series produced by AMC called Hell on Wheels.




References

* - A Grain Of Salt: Deadwood Dick was actually a fictional character originally created by Edward Lytton Wheeler for a theater troupe who later appeared in a series of dime novels he wrote which were published between 1877 and 1897. Many people in real life assumed the nickname though including gambler Frank Palmer, African-American cowboy Nat Love, actor Dick Brown, stage coach driver Richard Cole, bullion guard / gunman Richard Bullock and frontiersman Richard Clarke (who achieved celebrity status portraying Deadwood Dick in the town of Deadwood’s annual Black Hills Days of ‘76 Parade from 1926 until his death in 1930) along with a few others.2,3

† - Americana: Eight Cocktail Napkins, Hand Blocked, with Recipes and the Histories of Eight Famous Drinks. (publisher unknown, circa 1925). Print.

‡ - Harry Craddick, The Savoy Cocktail Book (London: Constable & Co., 1930), 179. Print.

1- Deadwood sheriff / hardware store owner Seth Bullock (played by Timothy Olyphant, middle) and Gem Saloon bartender / floor manager John 'Johnny’ Burns (played by Sean Bridgers, left / behind the bar) are also pictured above.

2 - Wikipedia contributors. “Deadwood Dick.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 Jun. 2017. Web.

3 - Marshall Trimble. “Deadwood Dick: The Man Who Never Was.” True West - History Of The American Frontier. Oct. 2016. Print.


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Craft Beer Facts

Craft beer is thriving and steadily gaining in popularity across the country. These mostly small, local breweries and brew pubs are producing a variety of beer types with exciting new flavors that normally aren’t available from the large mass-producing brewers.

Although, the big breweries are starting to introduce innovative new brews in a similar vein. According to the Brewer’s Association, an American Craft Brewer is defined as follows.


Craft Beer Brewer Requirements:

  • Small - produces 6 million barrels of beer or less annually.
  • Independent - no more than 25% ownership or controlling interest in the brewery by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not a craft brewer themselves.
  • Traditional - flagship beer with greatest volume is either all malt or 50 percent minimum of the brewer’s volume is either all malt or in beers using adjuncts to enhance and not lighten their flavors.


2018 Craft Beer Week Celebrations Support Local Breweries With Festivals & Educational Events

The average American lives within 10 miles of a brewery. Combined with 40 plus state, city and regional craft beer weeks along with over a thousand weekend festivals and daily events, there is sure to be something for every home bar owner located within a reasonable distance to experience.

Its a great opportunity to increase your knowledge and add ideas for entertaining with your own at home bar. These craft beer events normally have a host of activities including brewery tours, tasting parties, beer and food pairing classes / dinners, promotions and much more.

American Craft Beer Week is the national celebration and is scheduled Monday through Sunday from May 14-20, 2018. Now in its thirteenth consecutive year, it is normally held in the second full week of May based on years past.* You can check the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar for a detailed list of local and regional activities being held in your area during the week long celebration.



Brewery Recommendations Growling To Be Tried

Here’s a United States map of good craft beers recommended as local favorites with top reviews through nationwide voting for possible suggestions to try in your area. Depending on the laws and regulations where you live, you may be able to bring your own growler along to have filled. In fact, December 17th 2012 was declared National Growler Day and is another fun reason to visit your local brewery for seasonal beers crafted especially for the holidays.

Otherwise the breweries and many brewpubs will have bottled selections available to take home along with local and regional distribution throughout the year. Be sure to jot down your favorites while sampling and collect ideas for hosting parties with your own bar that you can use later.

Who knows? You might even discover a strange brew that agrees with you.


* - There have been exceptions which sent the annual event to the third full week in May in 2010, 2011, 2016 & 2017 for example. May 13-19, 2019 is estimated, but schedules should be verified prior to making advance plans.


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