Lost Drink Recipes of the Williamsburg Bridge

Posted by – January 9, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike home from a concert in Brooklyn when I ran over a small red writersblok notebook.   When I opened it, I found a series of mostly unfamiliar cocktail recipes.  There were no identifying marks on the notebook, but the recipes seemed intriguing enough to bother preserving.  I haven’t tried any of them, and the handwriting is iffy in places, but here’s a list.  You can try to make out the recipes yourself:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Boudoir Cocktail
  • Black Currant
  • Telanovella
  • Cercle Rouge
  • Margarita
  • Devil’s Garden
  • 4 Wishes
  • Golden Age
  • Orchard Fire
  • Hemmingway Daquiri
  • Gentle Julep
  • Maids (Russian, Mexican British…)
  • Sidecar
  • Sazerac
  • Masala Maiden
  • French Navy
  • McCallen Mai Tai
  • Granny Polite
  • Negroni/Old Pal
  • Last Word
  • Ramos Gin Fizz
  • Sangrita
  • SF Handshake
  • Alibi
  • Smoke & Flowers
  • Sidecar
  • 10 Acre Wood
  • Blackbook



6 Comments on Lost Drink Recipes of the Williamsburg Bridge

  1. Sean says:

    Hey Andrew,
    I was searching for a recipe for Smoke and Flowers (which I had at Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg) and stumbled on your find! I had the ingredients, but not the amounts. Thanks very much for this; some interesting looking stuff to try.
    so yeah, this book may be from one of their barkeeps.

  2. […] would have it, someone dropped a notebook near the Williamsburg Bridge one day, and someone else found it and put it on the internet, as we do these days, and lo, in it were sketchy directions for the […]

  3. John says:

    I, like Sean, was searching for the Masala Maiden recipe from Hotel Delmano and came across your find.

  4. Kidhack says:

    Definitely from a bar tender at hotel delmano. Would love to know the Gentle Julep recipe.

  5. Prid says:

    Kidhack, you’ve probably longggg ago figured out the proportions, but if not, I reckon the Gentle Julep is:

    3/4 oz maple syrup
    3/4 oz lemon juice
    2 oz Old Overholt rye whiskey
    dash(es?) Angostura bitters
    mint – presumably a few spanked mint leaves
    Garnish with lemon wheel

  6. Daryn says:

    What’s the recipe for the Granny Polite? I’ve been looking for specs on that.

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