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The only thing we like more than a great cocktail (okay, as much as a great cocktail) is a great book deal. Luckily, we can bring you both today. Here is a great forgotten drink recipe that is sure to put spring in your step this “Movember.” This comes from the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, which is on sale in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com for $X.XX today (Nov. 13) only!
Ladies, don’t feel left out! We think that you’ll get a kick out of this cocktail too, and if you’re interested in learning what the Kickerbocker De Madame is made from, the recipe is also in the book.
This nineteenth-century hit had “his” and “her” versions—à la Monsieur and à la Madame. Both were published in 1869 in William Terrington’s Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks.
Jerry Thomas first introduced the Knickerbocker in 1862. In 1888, Harry Johnson printed the manly version shown here.
“Father Knickerbocker” was the allegorical patron saint of New York City and generations of native New Yorkers claimed kinship to him.
The one-time Times Square–situated hotel many assume the drink was named for would not be designed for another thirty-nine years.
Nakheel Hotels, a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates’ royalty-owned Dubai World, bought the property in 2006 with plans to restore it as a sumptuous hotel for the first time since before the Great Depression, so we may yet see the Knickerbocker à la Madame and à la Monsieur proffered over the bar again if we’re lucky.
2 ounces (1⁄2 gill, 6 cl) Virgin Islands rum
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) orange curaçao
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) raspberry syrup
1 ounce (1⁄4 gill, 3 cl) lemon juice
1 slice orange
1 slice pineapple
Add all to crushed ice in a goblet, collins glass, or tumbler,
stir, and serve.
Garnish with more fruits in season.
In this expanded and updated edition of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail adds another 20 fine recipes to his hand-picked collection of 80 rare-and-worth-rediscovered drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world’s movers and shakers. Historic facts, expanded anecdotes, and full-color vintage images from extremely uncommon sources round out this must-have volume. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.
Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail, makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. Although he has been diligently researching cocktails since the ’80s, his moonlighting as a cocktail historian became public in 1995, when he hosted the America Online spirits boards. In the intervening years, he has been quoted and referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, and Men’s Journal, as well as various books and other media. He is a partner in CocktailDB.com, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge.