Vintage Cocktails #38: Fred Collins Fizz

Appearing in the New Guide for the Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Butler, & Chef (Bacchus & Cordon Bleu, 1885), the following cocktail is what may be perceived as the precursor to the Lynchburg Lemonade. While the name doesn’t really tell you whether it is a collins or a fizz, (I would contend that it is possibly neither) it is a great drink either way.

The Fred Collins Fizz
2 oz Bourbon or Rye
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Orange Curacao
6 oz Lemonade

MxMo LII: Forgotten Cocktails

I am excited to be hosting the next round of Mixology Monday here at Rock & Rye. This month’s event will take place on Monday, November 22nd, and the theme will be: Forgotten Cocktails. There are many cocktail books out there, and even more that are no longer in print, filled with thousands of cocktails. Some are decent, some are crap, and some might be great.

The challenge this month is to bring to light a drink that you think deserves to be resurrected from the past, and placed back into the spotlight. It could be pre-prohibition, post-war, that horrible decade known as the 80′s, it doesn’t really matter. As long as it is somewhat obscure, post it up. If possible try to keep to ingredients that are somewhat readily available. While we all appreciate the discovery of an amazing cocktail, if we can’t make it, it’s no fun for anyone.

If you would like to take part in this month’s festivities, send me an email with a link to your post (Dennis (at), or post a comment to this thread by midnight on Nov 22nd. Remember to link back to the Mixology Monday site as well. If you don’t have your own blog, I would be glad to feature you as a guest blogger, as long as I receive your submission in a timely manner. Looking forward to discovering some new drinks.


Vintage Cocktails #37: The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

The next cocktail on our list was created by the esteemed Trader Vic, and appears in his Bartender’s Guide (1947). The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was established in 1844 by officers in the British Army. It is one of the three oldest clubs with a Royal Warrant outside the British Isles. As to why Victor named his creation after the club, your guess is as good as mine. You would think that he would be able to come up with a shorter name.

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail is not quite what I would call a Tiki drink, however it is clearly caribbean based, and a delicious cocktail at that. I would recommend going with an aged Barbados Rum, the sweetness of the Cointreau and falernum balancing out the tartness of the lime perfectly.

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail
2 oz Barbados Rum
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 dashes Cointreau
2 tsp Falernum