The 1920s, more commonly referred to as the Roaring Twenties, was a decade that saw a post-WW1 booming economy and Prohibition across the USA. Scottish born bartender Harry MacElhone, who was working in American bars pre-Prohibition, moved to Paris to start work in
The New York Bar, run by former American star jockey Ted Sloan in 1911. It is now advertised as the oldest cocktail bar in Europe .
Harry bought the Bar in 1923 and placed his name at the front and the legendary
Harry’s New York Bar was born.
This place was a regular hangout for creative luminaries including Ernest Hemingway. George Gershwin actually composed An American in Paris in its Ivory Bar. Other celebrity clientele included Coco Chanel, Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart.
He also penned cocktail books: Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails and Barflies and Cocktails – first published in 1927 and still in print to this day!
Harry claimed this was the birthplace of cocktails like French 75, The Sidecar, Bloody Mary, The Boulevardier and the White Lady. While their origins are actually unconfirmed, he made them famous! We thought we’d share the recipes with you in the leadup to The Great Gatsby release!
45ml (3 parts) Vodka
90ml (6 parts) Tomato juice
15ml (1 part) Lemon juice
Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into a cocktail mixer, then pour all ingredients into highball glass with ice cubes. Stir gently. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (optional).
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry
Stir long and well with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass.
Four parts brandy or cognac
Two parts Cointreau
One part lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a shaker half-full of ice. Strain and serve in a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon rind.
THE WHITE LADY, softer form of the Side Car, created in 1919
1/3 Lemon Juice
Shake and strain and serve in your favourite cocktail glass.
This combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French.
1 oz gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine
Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne tulip glass. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
THE MONKEY GLAND, created in the 1920s by Harry MacElhone is a cocktail of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe and named after a surgical technique of grafting monkey testicle tissue into humans! The practice was started by Dr Serge Voronoff, and was intended to produce longevity.
1 part gin
1 part orange juice
Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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