Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide

By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick

"I love a martini—
But on the most.
Three, I’m below the table;
Four, I’m lower than the host."

Raise a tumbler to Dorothy Parker’s wit and knowledge.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Dorothy Parker Society, offers us an intoxicating new examine the doyenne of the ripping riposte during the lens she so much hottest: the ground of a pitcher. A bar booklet for Parker fans and literary tipplers alike, less than the desk bargains a distinct tackle Mrs. Parker, the Algonquin around desk, and the Jazz Age via celebrating the cocktails that she, her sour pals, and sweetest enemies loved.
    Each access of this scrumptious compendium deals a desirable and energetic heritage of a interval cocktail, a whole recipe, and the characters linked to it. The publication additionally contains a specific number of twenty first–century speakeasy-style recipes from the country’s most sensible mixologists. Topping it off are excerpts from Parker’s poems, tales, and different writings that would let you take pleasure in her global from the speakeasies of recent York urban to the watering holes of Hollywood.

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Cocktail glass 1 ounce brandy � ounce Cointreau � ounce clean lemon juice Shake all materials over beaten ice; pressure right into a cocktail glass. word: The Cointreau provides all of the pop to this drink, so the brandy doesn’t must be a dear or top rate model. Reginald Vanderbilt was once a millionaire dilettante who didn’t accomplish a lot in his lifestyles other than procuring race vehicles and racehorses. He combined Stingers for his pals in Newport and long island. ◆ ◆ ◆ Stinger The Stinger first got here into model in the course of the homosexual Nineties for upper-class New Yorkers, whilst the manager factor used to be regularly brandy. Cognac and different spirits have been substituted later. it usually had a name as a rich-person’s cocktail and was once the popular drink of W. Somerset Maugham, the subtle English writer and playwright who wrote a young advent to The moveable Dorothy Parker in 1944. The Stinger was once additionally a favourite of railroad scion Reginald Vanderbilt (father of Gloria, grandfather of Anderson Cooper). Reggie Vanderbilt had a house bar and combined his personal Stingers each afternoon for pals. within the Nineteen Sixties, Gloria Vanderbilt and her fourth husband, Wyatt Cooper, took Mrs. Parker below their wing; a number of the final events that Mrs. Parker attended have been with the glamorous society couple—maybe having Stingers. cocktail glass 2¼ oz Cognac � ounce white crème de menthe Stir the brandy and crème de menthe with ice; pressure and serve in a relaxing cocktail glass. word: you could exchange the cognac with brandy, gin, or bourbon—but white crème de menthe is vital. for those who order this drink, don’t allow the bartender achieve for a bottle of the golf green stuff. Stone Fence Smash-Up earned Academy Award nominations in 1947: for most sensible actress in a number one position, to Susan Hayward for enjoying a boozy nightclub singer, and for screenwriting crew Dorothy Parker and Frank Cavett. The Stone Fence dates to the Colonial interval and was once made by means of farmers within the iciness utilizing demanding cider. this is often the most typical recipe, which makes use of brandy, similar to Angie beverages it onscreen, yet substitutes apple cider for her rye. out of date glass 2 oz brandy 2 dashes Angostura bitters � ounce lemon juice membership soda or clean apple cider Pour brandy and bitters right into a chilled out of date glass full of cracked ice. upload lemon juice. most sensible with membership soda or apple cider. Stir lightly. word: in the event you favor, you could exchange the brandy with applejack, bourbon, rum, rye, or Scotch, and the cider with membership soda. in a single of the easiest scenes in Smash-Up, Susan Hayward’s personality, Angelica Evans, walks in the back of the bar in her Sutton position condominium and grabs a bottle of brandy. The discussion is natural Parker. Angie: good day, you recognize what a Stone Fence is? (smiling) Mike: You suggest a Stone Wall. Angie: I suggest a Stone Fence, brother. It’s kind of like an ice cream soda, with conviction. Bartender, will you please get me a cocktail shaker with a few shaved ice, and a few brandy, and a few whiskey, and a few Cointreau? What you wish, Mike, is a Stone Fence. near to the main titanic drink you’ve ever under the influence of alcohol.

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