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

ice

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.

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  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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