The next time you visit the following cities, order one of the town’s signature drinks in the bar in which it originated. You’ll probably get a tale (or two) with your cocktail. Whether it’s a tall one, though, is up to you.
British Virgin Islands
Originated at: Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, (284) 495-9888, www.soggydollarbar.com
To reach Soggy Dollar Bar, where the Painkiller (a mix of dark rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple and orange juices, with freshly ground nutmeg on top) was created during the 1970s, all you have to do is cruise your boat over to White Bay, on the island of Jost Van Dyke, drop anchor,and swim a few hundred yards to shore (there’s, uh, no dock). Just be sure to hold your currency high so it doesn’t get -- you guessed it --soggy.
New York City
Originated at: the Odeon Restaurant, 145 West Broadway, (212) 233-0507, www.theodeonrestaurant.com
Before Sarah Jessica Parker sipped Cosmopolitans (Absolut Citron vodka,Cointreau or triple sec, and cranberry and lime juices) on Sex and the City, Toby Cecchini -- a bartender at the Odeon in the late ’80s -- perfected the drink. His famous concoction, always in high demand at the restaurant, was based on a loosely described version that had been developed by South Beach, Florida, bartender Cheryl Cook a few years prior.
Originated at: Pat O’Brien’s, 718 St. Peter Street, (504) 525-4823, www.patobriens.com
In keeping with the Big Easy theme, the Hurricane is a laid back drink you can knock back easily. During the late 1940s, bartender CharlieCantrell tossed together a little rum, passion fruit juice, a few squirts of lemon, and a dash each of grenadine and simple syrup -- and the legendary Hurricane was born. Today’s versions are often made witha bottled or powdered premix on top of ice, but the energy of the drink lives on.
Originated at: Caffe Giacosa, Via della Spada 10, 011-39-55-2776328
This drink, a mingling of vermouth, gin, and Campari (or any bitter) that’s garnished with a wedge of lemon or orange, is named for Count Camillo Negroni, who invented it when he asked a bartender to slip some gin into his Americano. A pre dinner cocktail, it’s intended to stimulatethe appetite. Sip the concoction at its birthplace: Caffe Giacosa, the former Caffe Casoni, now managed by fashion designer Roberto Cavalliafter a careful restoration.
Originated at: Locke-Ober, 3 Winterplace, (617) 542- 1340, www.lockeober.com
In 1898, Ward 8 -- one of Boston’s first cocktails ever made -- was dreamed up at Locke-Ober as a way to celebrate politician Martin Lomasney’s win in the state legislature election. While several recipes exist, the actual Locke-Ober version is a blend of rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine, with an optional maraschino cherry.Back then, it was sometimes even served with a small paper Massachusetts flag -- how patriotic.
A Little Drinking Game
Match each quote to its film.
a) Starsky and Hutch
b) There Will Be Blood
c) Sex and the City
e) Casino Royale
g) Lost in Translation
1.“I think I’ll call it a Vesper.” “Because of the bitter aftertaste?”“No, because once you’ve tasted it, that’s all you want to drink.”
2. “Why did we ever stop drinking these?” “Because everyone else started!”
3. “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”
4. “Johnnie Red neat, okay, do it. Do it.”
5. “I drink your milkshake!”
6. “Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or begone.”
7.“If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.” “No, if anyoneorders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any […] Merlot!”
Answers: 1. e; 2. c; 3. g; 4. a; 5. b; 6. f; 7. d.