Oh, Toddy

December 14th, 2010

Ronald & Benita Colman

No, I’m not pretending to be Benita Colman calling Ronnie by his pet name on the set of their radio show, Halls of Ivy, I’m referring to page 57 of Jerry Thomas’s 1862 treatise How to mix drinks: or, The bon-vivant’s companion which he titles TODDIES AND SLINGS. It’s very cold here in New York this week, and last night, as the snow sifted in through the broken window of our Greenwich Village garret, I decided to give my own mustachioed gent something to warm his cockles.
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La Patria Punch

November 30th, 2010

Christmas is coming, and with it, the seasonal urge to imbibe. In anticipation of the annual holiday party at the Museum where I work, we decided to try out a new punch receipt. Naturally it’s from Jerry Thomas’s 1862 masterpiece, How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion.

La Patria Punch Receipt

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