Thursday, April 28, 2005

1933 Martini

I found this old cocktail book at the local used bookstore.
Be A Good Mixer, Here's How. The After Repeal Guide To Mixed Drinks.
by Emmet Atherton. Pacific Publications 1933.

I was looking through the recipes and came across this classic "Martini Cocktail" recipe. It looks more like the recipe for a classic "Martinez." Martini, Martinez? Same thing.... yeah, right.

Here's the recipe from the book:

Martini Cocktail
2 dashes sugar syrup
2 or 3 dashes bitters
1 dash curacoa
one half wine glass gin
one half wine glass vermouth
Fill glass with ice, stir with spoon and pour into cocktail glass. Put in cherry, olive or pearl onion, squeeze lemon peel on top and serve.

Since there's no specification, and given the timeframe, I'm thinking he's talking about Italian (sweet) Vermouth. And the bitters are most likely orange bitters.

Here's the loose adaptation I'm serving at the bar.

1933 Martini
1 1/4 oz gin
1 1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 blue curacao
3 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters #6

Chilled and straight up in a cocktail glass.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My collection of pre-WWII cocktail books is fairly extensive (about 300). Just when I think I have heard of every cocktail book out there, another one pops up.

Is "Be A Good Mixer, Here's How. The After Repeal Guide To Mixed Drinks.
by Emmet Atherton. Pacific Publications 1933." a hardcover or paperback?

1:21 PM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

This book is a paperback. It says it's the 2nd printing. Let me know if you want some specific info about it.

I asked Doc Cocktail about it one time, but I can't find the e-mail. It doesn't appear in the cocktailDB bibliography.


2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Cocktail, Looks like you have put a few award winning recipes out there, thank you so much.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Bourbon George said...

What on Earth processed you to use Blue Curacao? Couldn't you have use regular curacao, or orange curacao, even Cointreau.

I thought this post was ajoke, but I am not too sure.

10:48 AM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

Thanks for looking George. I used the blue stuff, because I wanted the drink to be blue. This was getting ordered a lot when people were gaga over that sickly sweet Hq. I wanted a drink that tasted good, but looked silly. Take it or leave it.


11:19 AM  

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