Adventures in Mixology: The Algonquin

During 1920s, America’s greatest literary and drinking society was the Algonquin Round Table. This collection of wits would meet daily for lunch at the Algonquin hotel and make quips that would be later repeated in their own newspaper columnists. Amongst some of the more notable members were Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, George Kaufman and Robert Benchley.Despite it being Prohibition, the group had many cocktails named in their honor. Most of them are not worth discussing, but there is one that has stood out over time. Although the Round Table being more of a highballs and martinis gang, this is an up cocktail. It’s a little sharp, which fits, considering the pointed wits of the table’s regulars.

The Algonquin

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Whiskey
  • 1/2 Ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Ounce Pineapple Juice

Stir the ingredients with ice and then strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. Some enjoy shaking this drink, but this will cause the pineapple juice to foam, so watch out. Garnish the cocktail with an orange peel.


About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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