The Mamie Taylor is an oft forgotten highball that had its spotlight in the cocktail world much the same as its namesake; short and sweet. A simple variation on the non-alcoholic Horse’s Neck, this cocktail was all the rage during the 1900′s, but faded from popularity soon after. As with many of the classics, prohibition, and the lack of access to many quality spirits may have had an impact in the drinks decline.
“The Post Standard”, 7th March 1902
“It was while Miss Taylor was the prima donna of an opera company playing at Ontario Beach, near Rochester, in 1899,” he said, “that she was asked with a number of other members of the company to go out sailing on the lake. As the day was hot and the breeze rather strong, the party returned after a few hours longing for some cooling refreshments. When Miss Taylor was asked what she would have she expressed the wish for a long but not strong drink–in fact, a claret lemonade. When the drink was served it was very evident that it wasn’t a claret lemonade, for it looked like a delicious long drink of sparkling champagne. On tasting it Miss Taylor found itmuch to her liking, but asked to have the flavor softened with a piece of lemon peel. When this was done the new combination drink was declared a complete success. Bystanders had been watching the proceedings and noticing the evident enjoyment with which Miss Taylor and a few of her friends relished in new drink they finally asked the hotel keepr what drink it was that was being served to them and without hesitation the hotel man replied “a Mamie Taylor” and the name seemed to meet with instantaneous favour and has become famous all over the country.”
I really enjoyed the Mamie Taylor. The ginger beer really pairs well with the scotch, creating a surprisingly light and refreshing beverage perfect,
The Mamie Taylor
2 oz Scotch
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Spicy Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer