Spanish Anarchism and Cocktails

This week I’m reviewing Spain in Our Hearts, Adam Hochschild’s history of foreign volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Hochschild’s description of the idyllic Spanish countryside, along with DC’s customary stifling heat, got me thinking about simple cocktails that both refresh and evoke visions of olive groves and green foothills. First up was the “Marianito” a simple three-part… Read More Spanish Anarchism and Cocktails

Drinking Like Ulysses S. Grant

This week I’m reviewing H.W. Brand’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant who, unfairly, is the US President most closely associated with booze. Figuring out what Grant actually drank, however, is a bit difficult. One clue comes from this famous, almost certainly apocryphal account: After the failure of his first experimental explorations around Vicksburg, a committee of… Read More Drinking Like Ulysses S. Grant

LA Dreaming and Drinking

This week I’m reviewing Bill Beverly’s “Dodgers” a crime novel that begins in the embattled slums of Los Angeles. LA’s rougher neighborhoods haven’t generated many craft cocktails (at least that I could find), so I searched for noir-ish drinks that evoke visions of LA Confidential or Chinatown. The first drink I made was “The Brown Derby” which is named… Read More LA Dreaming and Drinking