Happy Halloween! I’m still prepping for our next official set of recipes (a couple of gin cocktails), but in the meantime, and since gin is already on my mind, here’s a recipe not present in Just Cocktails, along with a pleasant variant thereof.

I. Today’s recipe


1/3 Gin
1/3 Italian Vermouth
1/3 Campari
Garnish with orange.

(I’ll get to the variant further in).

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Welcome back! Today we’ll be talking about a kissing cousin of the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan. Fortunately (both for my rambling tendencies and your reading pleasure), Manhattans are worlds easier to prepare, and I won’t need to go into such exhaustive detail this time around.

I. Today’s recipes

1/2 Rye Whiskey
1/2 Italian Vermouth
1 dash Orange Bitters
Serve with a Maraschino Cherry.

Manhattan (No. 2)
2/3 Bourbon
1/3 Italian Vermouth
Add a dash of Angostura Bitters and a cherry.

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Welcome back! Before we get into the drinks proper, let’s take a quick look at the overall structure of W.C. Whitfield’s Just Cocktails, as well as how each of these posts will be loosely organized.

I. Structural integrity

Just Cocktails divides itself into five major sections, as follows:

Cock Tales & Cocktails ~ Old Favorites
“Pretty” Cocktails ~ The More Colorful Ones
“Epicurean” Cocktails ~ The Cordials and Such
“Favorite Sons” ~ Of Purely Local Fame
Cocktails of the Gay Nineties ~ Old-Timers (ed. note: this is referring to the eighteen-nineties)

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Then to the Flowing Bowl did I adjourn,
My lips the Secret Well of Life to learn,
And lip to lip it murmur’d – “While you live,
Drink! – for once dead you never shall return.”

– Omar Khayyam.

1. The Etymology.

I’ve always liked making up words (see here followed by here, if you must). Even though the art/craft of cocktails already has a commonly accepted word – mixology – I don’t see any harm in giving it a synonym, and if said synonym happens to be a bit more impenetrable and anachronistic, what’s the harm? Also, “spiriturgy” is going to stand out waaaay more on a Google search, and that’s just good ol’ new-fashioned 21st-century brand savvy.

Thus, spiriturgy (n.) – the study of mixing spirits with other things to make a composite thing that you subsequently drink.

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