To the Wolf

20 Jun

It’s still the weekend. Why not have an adult beverage?

Fisher thought it was an excellent idea to have drink or two assuming you’re a “moderate drinker-for pleasure, and not a thirsty unhappy soul who must empty every bottle willy-nilly to drown some worm in the brain” (pg. 225). She offered suggestions on how to save money (keep the wolf at bay): don’t go out to expensive bars, skip the dull cocktail parties, and drink what you like at home with select companions instead.

She includes a few mixed drink recipes. The following is from page 226 of the 1942 How to Cook a Wolf. The recipe makes 4 drinks and is similar to a bamboo cocktail but I couldn’t find another recipe just like it. I don’t know if this is a Mary Frances creation or a popular drink in the 1940s.

Half and Half Cocktail

1/2 cup dry vermouth

1/2 cup dry sherry

1/2 lemon


dash of angostura bitters, if desired (I didn’t so desire)

Pour vermouth and sherry over ice in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and bitters (if using). Stir and strain into martini glasses. Top each drink with a twist of lemon peel.

Half and Half Cocktail

This won’t be my new favorite drink but it’s not bad. If you try it, let me know what you think.


One Response to “To the Wolf”


  1. Liquor is a Luxury « Sage Without Hemlock - June 23, 2010

    […] availability, from 1942 on, of the two fortified wines–sherry and vermouth–used in my last post. Mary Frances was prescient in recommending their use in cocktails because of the possibility of […]

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