Drinking a spirit isn’t just about getting sloshed. It’s about tasting something hand-crafted to open up a new part of your mind. It’s an experience. At least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m feeling pretentious.
But from the moment that glass touches my lips until I feel that warming glow from head to toe, I’m consumed by - well, a spirit. Go figure.
The French 75 cocktail bears a fascinating, but hazy origin—which only fuels intrigue for this delectable drink.
But what is the French 75? The liquid mercenary is often served in a Collins glass and consists of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar—a combination that may sound too mild and simple to be compared to weaponry of any kind, but appearances can be deceiving.
It's 1849 and a teenage Jerry Thomas climbs 100 feet to the crow’s nest of the Ann Smith, a merchant marine vessel headed from New Haven, Connecticut to San Francisco. With the open seas roiling beneath him, he looks out and waits to see the new city, which promises him much more than what he has on that ship: gold.
September 25, 1865. Winter winds were just beginning to swirl, but not as briskly as they did out in the wilderness beyond Brooklyn, or the land rumored to exist north of Albany. But at least until mid-October, Manhattan would chill slowly; retaining the warmth of its masses, more and more immigrating each day, within the confines of its streets.
Are you missing those long summer nights like I am? Never fear, dear reader, as I share with you the nostalgia of sipping a cool, refreshing, and slightly boozy delight as we run from the beams of the sun. In other words, It's Pimm's O'clock! (As they say in England.)
Long before the time of Professor Jerry Thomas there was a man who was known across the land as the man to find if you wanted a libation constructed better than you could ever dream.
So you finally made it. You’re in The Hostess City of the South, and you are ready to party hard. Where to even begin?! Let me give you some fun facts about some unique cocktails born and bred in Savannah that are simply a must-have when you visit the city.