Not as affluent as The Great Gatsby? Not as effeminate as Leonardo DiCaprio? Not as dead as F. Scott Fitzgerald? No worries. Have a “Ricky”! It’s the cocktail featured in chapter 7 in a scene of brooding passion and just the slightest undercurrent of athlete’s foot.
The scene begins on a day that is “broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer.” Jay Gatsby and the narrator, Nick Carraway, have been invited to lunch at the home of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend and Nick’s love interest, is also there. By this point, Gatsby and Daisy have rekindled their old romance. Although Tom is initially unaware, he suspects Gatsby to be a bootlegger and dislikes him anyway. Thus, the temperature is hot and the mood is tense. At one point, Daisy tells Tom to “Make us a cold drink.” Just as Tom leaves the room, Daisy kisses Gatsby and professes her love to him. When Tom returns, he is “preceding four Gin Rickey’s that clicked full of ice. Gatsby took up his drink. ‘They certainly look cool,’ [Gatsby] said with visible tension. We drank in long, greedy swallows.”” Continue reading →
Thought to be the first recipe book about cocktails, the bartender’s guide “How To Mix Drinks or A Bon Vivant’s Companion” was published in 1862, written by Jerry Thomas and read by any bartender worth his flip, fizz or julep. An original copy of this book and dozens of others acquired by Cointreau was on display last night during their French-inspired cocktail party in Dallas.
The setting was the beautiful and historic Aldredge House located on Swiss Avenue. There, guests enjoyed Cointreau cocktails prepared by brand mixer Kyle Ford and later entertainment provided by Lady Rizo who is ringer for a young Rosemary Clooney. Continue reading →
This weekend many of the top bartenders in town met for a summit to see who would represent the DFW area in Cointreau’s bartending throw down in New York City. Sunday evening LeAnn Berry (Komali), Brian McCullough (Standard Pour), Trevor Landry (DISH), Abe Bedell (Oak), Omar Yeefoon (Cedars Social), Jason Kosmas (Village Marquee) and Emily Perkins (The Porch) all met at the new NYLO Southside to entertain invited guests and to mix cocktails made from a table of unusual ingredients.
The ultimate winner of the Cointreau contest in New York will represent at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France as the American Ambassador. Continue reading →