Cocktails to use for submission to "Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon"



Corpse Reviver

1 pony brandy

1 pony maraschino

2 dashes boker bitters

Place the above in a wine glass and serve.

The Gentleman’s Table Guide, 1873


The Glorious Fourth

1 pony brandy

1 dash Jamaican rum

4 dashes gum syrup

1 large tablespoon ice cream

Juice of a lime

Add the above to a mixing glass two thirds full or ice. Shake this exceedingly well, strain into a fancy glass and serve.

The Flowing Bowl, 1892


Hour Before

1 wine glass sherry or madeira

1 dash Bokers or Angostura bitters

Add the above to a mixing glass, stir and serve in a glass.

Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, 1869


Maiden’s Blush

½ wine glass old tom gin

½ teaspoon absinthe

1 teaspoon raspberry syrup

½ teaspoon powdered sugar

1 lemon

Fill a tumbler with chopped ice, add the sugar & syrup, and squeeze in half a lemon. Add the absinthe and gin, shake well, and strain into a colored glass. Serve with a slice of lemon on top.

American and Other Drinks, 1887



Old Chum’s Reviver

½ wine glass brandy

1 liqueur glass strawberry syrup

Juice of ½ lemon

½ teaspoon sugar

Soda water

Fill a half-pint tumbler with chipped ice and add the juice, sugar, syrup, and brandy. Fill with soda water, shake well, ornament with fruit in season and serve with straws.

American and Other Drinks, 1887



Stone Fence

1 wine glass bourbon whiskey

Sweet cider

Add the whiskey and two or three lumps of ice to a large bar glass. Fill the glass with sweet cider and serve.

The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, 1862


Widow’s Kiss

1 pony apple brandy

½ pony yellow chartreuse

½ pony Benedictine

2 dashes angostura bitters

Add the above to a mixing glass half full of fine ice, shake well, strain into a fancy cocktail glass, and serve.

Modern American Drinks, 1895


Yellow Dog

½ cocktail glass scotch whiskey

½ cocktail glass vermouth

1 orange

Place in mixing glass filled with ice, shake well, and strain into a bar glass. Add a small piece of orange peel.

Louis’ Mixed Drinks, 1906


Lone Tree Cocktail

2 liqueur glasses dry gin

1 liqueur glass french vermouth

2 dashes maraschino

Fill a mixing glass with ice, add the above ingredients, stir well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist a small piece of lemon peel on top and add the peel to the cocktail.

Louis’ Mixed Drinks, 1906


Jersey Cow

1/3 parait de amour

1/3 maraschino

1/3 apricot brandy

Pour carefully in a liqueur glass equal amounts of the above cordials. Float a little cream on top.

Louis’ Mixed Drinks, 1906


Whiskey Daisy No. 3

1 wine glass whiskey

2 teaspoons pineapple syrup

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full of fine ice. Add the above ingredients, shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, fill with carbonated water, and serve.

How to Mix Drinks, 1904


Balaklava Nectar

(for a party of 15)

2 bottles Claret

1 bottle champagne

2 bottles soda water

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

3 lemons

½ small cucumber

Peel and shred fine the rind of half a lemon and cut the cucumber into fine slices leaving the peel on. Place these in a punch bowl and add the sugar and the juice of both lemons. Toss it up several times and add the claret, champagne, and soda water. Stir well and serve.

(Balaklava, a seaport on the Black Sea in southwest Soviet Russia, was the scene of the charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War in 1854.)

Bar-Tender’s Guide, 1887


Rocky Mountain Punch

5 bottles Champagne

1 quart Jamaica rum

1 pint maraschino

6 slice lemons

Sugar to taste

This delicious punch is compounded as follows. Mix the above ingredients in a large punch bowl and then place in the center of the bowl a large square block of ice. Ornament it with rock candy, loaf sugar, sliced lemons or oranges and fruits in season. This is a splendid punch for New Year’s Day.

The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, 1862


Golden Slipper

(Use a wine glass)

½ Yellow Chartreuse

1 egg yolk

½ Danziger Goldwasser

Don’t let the yolk of the egg run into the liqueurs.

U.S. Bartender’s Guide, 1891


A Maiden’s Kiss

1/5 Maraschino

1/5 Crème de Roses

1/5 White Curacao

1/5 Yellow Chartreuse

1/5 Benedictine

Fill a sherry glass with the above. Keep each layer separate

The Flowing Bowl, 1892


Golden Fizz

1 wine glass Old Tom Gin (or whiskey)

1 egg yolk

3 dashes lemon or lime juice

1 tablespoon fine white sugar

Place the above ingredients in a large bar glass with two or three small lumps of ice, shake thoroughly, strain into a medium bar glass, and fill with seltzer water.

Bar-Tender’s Guide, 1887


Manhattan Bell-Ringer

½ wine glass bourbon whiskey

½ wine glass vermouth

½ teaspoon Abricotine

1 Dash Peychaud or Angostura bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

2 teaspoons gum syrup

½ teaspoon lemon juice

Fill mixing glass 2/3 full of fine ice. Add bourbon whiskey, vermouth, bitters, lemon juice, and syrup and stir thoroughly. Put one-half teaspoon of Abricotine into the cocktail glass, rinse it so that the Abricotine will be evenly coated all over inside of the glass, then strain the mixture into it and serve.

How to Mix Drinks, 1904


Yard of Flannel

1 Quart Ale

6 Eggs

4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

A Little Nutmeg

Put a quart of ale in a tinned saucepan on the fire to boil; in the meantime, beat u the yolks of 4 eggs with the whites of 2 eggs, adding four tablespoons of brown sugar and a little nutmeg. Pour the egg mixture on the ale by degrees, beating so as to prevent the mixture from curling. Then pour back and forward repeatedly from vessel to vessel, raising the hand to a great a height as possible, which process produces the smoothness and frothing essential to the good quality of the drink. This is excellent for a cold and from its fleecy appearance, is designated “a yard of flannel.” It is also known as an egg flip.

The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, 1862


Solar Plexus

2/3 Wine Glass Bourbon Whiskey

½ Teaspoon Abricotine

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Gum Syrup

1 Pony Unfermented Grape Juice

1 Piece of Sliced Pineapple


Place the above in an old-fashioned cocktail glass, dash with seltzer, stir with a spoon, and serve.

How to Mix Drinks, 1904


The Life-Prolonger

2/3 Pony Sherry Wine

1/3 Pony Port Wine

2 Ponies Cream

1 Fresh Egg

1 Spoon Fine Sugar

Add the above to a mixing glass and shake exceedingly well. Strain into a large glass and serve.

The Flowing Bowl, 1892


Hot Benefactor

2/3 Pony Jamaica Rum

1 1/3 Ponies Chianti

1 Slice Lemon

2 or 3 Lumps Sugar

A Little Nutmeg

Dissolve two or three lumps of sugar in a large hot punch glass filled with one pony of boiling water. Add one-and-one-third ponies of Chianti, two-thirds pony of Jamaica rum and one slice of lemon. Grate a little nutmeg on top and serve.

The Flowing Bowl, 1892