Tag: Café Royal Cocktail Book by William J Tarling in 1937

The Clubland cocktail introduces white port to vodka

This Clubland Cocktail dates to 1937’s Café Royal Cocktail Book, put together by William J Tarling. There’s some 24 or so vodka cocktails in Tarling’s book, and one of the most striking is this one.

Classic Cocktail – The Lion’s Tail

I used to look quizzically at punters coming up to the bar asking for a wedge of lime in their Scotch and soda or bourbon and coke. I mean, who does that? Lime with whisky? You must be off your rocker! But take the time flick through some old recipes and you’ll find that there is indeed a historical, mixological precedent. The Mamie Taylor – a Scotch highball with lime and ginger ale – is a fine and delicious example and the Lion’s Tail, printed below, shows bourbon to be a simpatico partner to lime also.