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Episode 4: Sidecar – Commentary

First off I need to apologize again for the background music in the front portion of the episode. Bad idea. And I can’t get rid of it without reproducing the episode…and who’s got time for that? The Sidecar is another cocktail that spun out of WWI veterans in Europe and the rise of Prohibition in […]

Episode 77: Gin and Taxes – Income Ta...

It is hard to imagine why you would want to name a drink after something that the great majority of the world hates, but here we are with the Income Tax Cocktail. Harry Craddock appears to be the person who wanted to remind people that the government is coming for your hard-earned money, so you […]

Episode 3: Tom Collins – Commentary

First of all, I am deeply sorry for the state of this episode. This was the 3rd episode I ever recorded back in 2013. In 2015, we came back to this episode to re-record it in the new format. At some point we had decided that the stark silence in the first part of the […]

Episode 76: Tying the Knot – Honeymoo...

The Honeymoon Cocktail seems to first appear in Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1917), and contains an unusually sweet and fruit-based combination of ingredients, calling for Apple Brandy, lemon juice, curacao, and Benedictine. We take a look at what Benedictine is and how the Honeymoon Cocktail encountered a swapping out of the Apple Brandy […]

Episode 2: French 75 – Commentary

The French 75 episode was the point where I had a couple of realizations in the production of the show. So Jay and I actually recorded this episode prior to episode #1. I don’t exactly recall why exactly,  but I think we were more prepared with the French 75 content before we were ready with […]

Episode 75: Shot to the Heart – Have ...

With very few appearances in cocktail books, or really anywhere, it is probably fair to say that the “Have a Heart” cocktail didn’t make much of a splash at all. It seems originate from, and really only appears in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s The Official Mixer’s Manual (1934). The quotation marks allude to it being the […]

Episode 1: Manhattan – Commentary

Welcome everyone to our first episode of the cocktail era history podcast Monster in a Glass. Please subscribe on iTunes and Google services and spread the word about the show. A little background on how the show generated. In 2013 the sudden shocking realization that I had never had a Manhattan occurred to me and […]

Episode 74: Always Darkest – Golden D...

The product of a cocktail competition in London, the Golden Dawn is a boozy drink, almost entirely made up of Calvados, Brandy, and Gin. A newspaper article from 1930 mentions that cocktail purists were not happy with this drink winning the competition, simply because of the addition of fruit juice. We delve into the idea […]

Episode 73: Off the Rim – The Brandy ...

Some say the Brandy Crusta is distinct enough to be considered an entirely different type of drink than a cocktail. Others say it is just a variation on or an evolution of a true cocktail. When it really comes down to it, having this kind of argument is just going to end up with you […]

What I learned from the Sidecar

What I learned from the Sidecar

So you’ve probably seen these posts I’ve been making weekly, possibly with a name of a friend of yours attached somewhere near the bottom. And like the posts before, I am announcing the release of a new episode in the Monster in a Glass lineup, the Sidecar, another Lost Generation cocktail coming out of Harry […]

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