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Christmas Spirits I: A Gentleman’s Companion.

~ Oh, folks, my dear friend Camilla has for Christmas gifted me a new edition of Charles H. Baker Jr.’s 1939 The Gentleman’s Companion, Being an Exotic Drinking Book, or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker, & Glass. Baker was a professional American gallavanter and food & drink correspondent for Esquire and Gourmet back in the day, […]

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Christmas Spirits VI: Spur, Stirrup, Bridle, Sword.

~ (This is part of a drink-by-drink Christmas eve exploration of Charles H. Baker’s 1939 cocktail compendium book, The Gentleman’s Companion) 17h25 THE BROKEN SPUR, a Classic Found in the Pergola of Leon Ellis, 2d Secretary of the American Legation in Peking, in the Year 1932, and before a Buffet Dinner of Utter Charm. Imagine Peking then, just before […]

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Christmas Spirits V: No Way I’m Spitting This Out.

~ (This is part of a drink-by-drink Christmas eve exploration of Charles H. Baker’s 1939 cocktail compendium book, The Gentleman’s Companion) 16h45 “This is basically like going the the Big Orange and dumping a gin in it, because you’ve had a bad day and you’re going to Dollar Cinema and it costs two dollars fifty right now.” Mike’s adequate […]

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Christmas Spirits IV: Under A Glamorgan Moon.

~ (This is part of a drink-by-drink Christmas eve exploration of Charles H. Baker’s 1939 cocktail compendium book, The Gentleman’s Companion) 16h25 After the tepid offering from Duffy (whom frankly I had come to in other related matters trust), we figured it was time to go traditional, and thought it worth seeing what Baker had to offer in terms […]

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Christmas Spirits III: “That’s A Good Colour”

~ (This is part of a drink-by-drink Christmas eve exploration of Charles H. Baker’s 1939 cocktail compendium book, The Gentleman’s Companion) 15h45. We have taken a detour into the other available cocktail guide the house houses – in order to escape Baker’s rampant internationalism and egg whites – Patrick Gavin Duffy’s similarly opinionated yet less richly anecdotal 1934 Official Mixer’s […]

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Christmas Spirits II: Faded Glory

~ (This is part of a drink-by-drink Christmas eve exploration of Charles H. Baker’s 1939 cocktail compendium book, The Gentleman’s Companion) 14h35 (Apologies for the lengthy and uncharacteristic intermission between drinks, but two of our party were dispatched to retrieve “nacho fixins” and an N64 gaming system with 007 Goldeneye, both soon-to-be Christmas Day staples.) MORNING […]

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