Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Fancy Drinks: How to Mix Them

AbsNormally I like to put on a real good show for booze weekend on account of I love booze and I loooove sending emails and writing blog posts while drinking. But this week has me drinking to cope, not to enjoy it. I recently started taking accounting at business school and it is kicking. my. ass. Just: WHAT THE HELL? What, might I ask, is wrong with money in, money out? Simple, straightforward, ACCURATE. But nooooo. Accounting has to go and get all liabilities and equity and fucking assets. Plus, I'm moving across town. Plus, my job is just as busy as ever. So: no time for leisure drinking.

You know when they did have the time for leisure drinking?

1935.



My mom found this gem in our very old farm house. As the cover predicts, it is very no nonsense.


(Also featured: my Barney Stinson sheets.)

For the most part, things are pretty straightforward. Gin is still gin, whiskey is still whiskey. But Fancy Drinks diverges into unknown territory with regular requests for "fine ice." What is fine ice? Finely chopped ice? Ice made by an ice maker? (Oh, wait.) What isn't fine ice? Ice from the stable chipped by a pick?

Drinks are also often measured in wine glass servings. Such as:

EGG NOGG (Plain)
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 fresh Egg
1/2 glass fine Ice
1 wine-glass Whiskey
Fill up with Milk
Shake thoroughly in an "egg nogg" shaker, and strain. Grate a little nutmeg on top and serve.

Anyone unclear on how much whiskey to use and how much milk? And anyone grossed out by the ingredients of egg nog that I try to forget?



Once I'm all settled in the new place, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to work my way through this thing Julie and Julia style. Abigail & Fancy Drinks: A Drinking Live Blog. Or maybe for Tumblr: Fuck Yeah Fancy Drinks.

8 comments:

Jennie said...

Please make that blog happen IMMEDIATELY.

srah said...

I love old timey drinks that no one drinks now. I've never heard of a Horse's Neck outside of the context of a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie. I would read that blog!

srah said...

Also, I don't know what danziger goldwasser is, but the Golden Slipper sounds like it was invented specifically to be disgusting.

eclectic said...

You know what would be even better than telling me how to make fancy drinks? If you made fancy drinks FOR me when you come visit! Bring the recipe book!

kat said...

(1) you're moving? no one tells me anything.

(2) MAKE THAT BLOG HAPPEN. for realsies.

Sally said...

Martinis used to be old timey drinks. Can you believe people actually stopped drinking them for thirty or so years? Seems wine got popular.

srah said...

Another fun detail about a drink made in the 30s: calling carbonated water "Vichy water". That didn't last much longer.

matt said...

Can we make Fuck Yeah Fancy Drinks a follow-along at home project? Because I fully support any and all boozing.