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the coronation cocktail

The Coronation Cocktail

Normally thought of as the closest place to find a brothel near Las Vegas, I would not have guessed that Pahrump was home to a vineyard. Moreover, I wouldn’t have thought a Desert winery would be any good. Turns out I was wrong. Ryan and I discovered Pahrump Valley Winery on a day excursion when

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Corn Popper Highball

The Corn Popper Highball

“Don’t get near a fire after drinking one of these!” This ominous warning from Judge Jr.’s ‘Here’s How’ circa 1928, starts tonight’s Corn Popper Cocktail off with a bang! How this particular refreshment gleaned it’s moniker seems pretty straight forward. Corn Whiskey has been an American staple for as long as the country has been in

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Cornell Cocktail

The Cornell Gin Cocktail

Turns out Jacques Straub was a teetotaller. At least according to an article published by Gary Gillman this April and Jacques’ own 1920 Obituary which noted that: “Notwithstanding Mr. Straub’s knowledge of wines and liquors, he never drank.” I discovered Mr. Straub’s rumored sobriety while looking for clues about tonight’s Mr. Boston’s cocktail, the Cornell. I had

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The Cordial Rickey Cocktail

The Cordial Rickey Cocktail

I can’t explain why, but for some reason I was procrastinating on today’s Mr. Boston’s recipe from 1935. The Cordial Rickey isn’t earth shaking and maybe I just wasn’t feeling inspired by the simple mixture of lime juice, carbonated water and cordial. Whatever the reason, today is the day I get back to work on

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three cordial cocktails

The Cordial Cocktail

Today’s Mr. Boston’s recipe brought up one important question… what the heck is a cordial? When one ventures down the cordial aisle at Total Wine you are likely to find all that is sweet in the liquor world. Most of the offerings are fruit based but this special section also includes various chocolate liqueurs, Curacao

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Cooperstown Cocktail 1917

Cooperstown Cocktail 1917

In 1917, Tom Bullock published his cocktail book ‘The Ideal Bartender’. Tucked away on page 31 is tonight’s Mr. Boston’s recipe, the Coopertown Cocktail. I searched high and low for any clue as to how this drink garnered its name. While Cooperstown, NY is credited as the birthplace of baseball and is now the home

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The Commodore Cocktail

Commodore Cocktail

Citrus was once used to help prevent and treat Scurvy on long trips across the sea. Perhaps that is the tie into the Commodore Cocktail name? After a sleepless night with a 12 week old puppy and the terrible mass shooting 30 minutes away from my home, I am rather tired today. I toyed with

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The Colonial Cocktail

The Colonial Cocktail from 1914

I’m not sure how tonight’s Mr. Boston’s cocktail recipe gained its name but the recipe appears to have originated in Jacque Straub’s 1914 cocktail guide ‘Drinks.’ While Harry Craddock and Leo Cotton published an alternate version of the 1914 recipe, I thought that I’d give the older cocktail a go first and compare the two. Entitled

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The Cold Deck Cocktail from 1935

The closest connection between the name of tonight’s Mr. Boston’s cocktail recipe and the era with which the drink originated is a movie from 1917 titled “The Cold Deck.” Starring William Surrey Hart, a popular silent movie star of the time, the Cold Deck appears to involve a gambler who is looking to raise money

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The Cognac Highball

The Cognac Highball Cocktail

Our first taste of the impending Holiday rush overtook my Mr. Boston’s blog series. I expected this might happen but, I didn’t anticipate missing so many days in a row 🙁 The #holidayseason is officially underway! 40 feet of glass just arrived today. A post shared by Bootleg Botanicals (@bootlegbotanicals) on Sep 24, 2017 at

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