The ingredients in a Harvard cocktail are reminiscent of a Manhattan. Indeed, they are almost identical, with a couple of variations for distinction. A Harvard doesn’t have the trademark maraschino cherry garnish of a Manhattan. Rather, a thin twist of lemon peel is perched on its rim. Although the Harvard generally uses brandy or cognac instead of the traditional whiskey, feel free to use bourbon if you don’t have either of these.
First concocted in 1895, its droll title evokes a scene of a typical weekend in college— girls and boys letting their hair down and making merry with music, tango, and plenty of cocktails to go around.
Sweet yet sharp and tangy, the Harvard makes for a perfect aperitif before dinner. The following recipe takes about five minutes to mix up, and serves one.
Mix your own Harvard cocktail…
Pour 45ml of either brandy, cognac or bourbon, 30ml sweet red Italian vermouth, one and a half teaspoons lemon juice, and a couple drops of Angostura bitters into a mixing glass filled halfway through with ice. You may choose to add a teaspoon of grenadine too. Stir briskly until nicely chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with 30ml seltzer or fizzy water (but only if you haven’t used grenadine). Garnish with a twist of lemon peel, and serve.
The tale of Old Pal is laced with mysteries and contradictions, much like the celebrities of the era that its creator played host to. Between the two great wars when America was dying of thirst, Prohibition was driving the likes of Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway back into the arms of Paris where people could still get a drink and talk about great things.
“Not guilty!” was the jury’s unanimous verdict on the charges of atrocities against a certain James Moriarty-- the name that could wake an empire out of its peaceful slumber. Yet, in the one instance that Moriarty sets foot in 221B Baker Street, Mr. Holmes, fully aware of the visitor’s intentions, offers him a seat and of course, a cup of tea.
If you fancy a cocktail with a strong bitter punch, meet the famed Sherman cocktail that is sure to please your palate. A staple at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the 1930’s, Sherman is a twist on the classic Manhattan with the addition of absinthe and two types of bitters – angostura and orange.