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The Art of Naming A Cocktail

Death in the Afternoon

Most of us mixologists are well aware that the key component to an excellent cocktail (besides lots of vodka) is the name of the drink. Many people put lots of thoughts into the naming of their drinks. Over at Culture Map Houston, they share some of their favorite names. We will briefly look at some of their choices.

  • Death in the Afternoon: This name is partially based on the famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. He also described his recipe for this drink. His directions were "Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”
  • Monkey Gland: Monkey glands were originally used as a way to increase masculinity. The name is derived from a surgical technique in which testicle tissue was grafted from monkeys to humans. To make the drink, combine half whiskey and half orange juice, and a splash of grenadine. Add ice, mix, and serve.
  • Satan's Whiskers: This drink is usually served for meals and comes in two different varieties - straight and curled. Both versions start with 1/2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. sweet, 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 1/2 oz. orange juice and a dash of orange bitters. To make the straight version, add 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier. To curl, add 1/2 ounce Curacao.

If you had to name a cocktail, what would you name it? And what would it include in it?

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