Yep, that's three, count 'em, three links roundup posts in a row, for those of you keeping score at home. I can't help it -- there are too many interesting stories out there.
- Did you know David Wondrich has a new-ish column at The Faster Times? He's got three installments up so far: a meditation on "the dignity of herding drunks", the most complete history of the Ramos Gin Fizz I've ever seen, and a truly remarkable post on the sheer variety of drinks available at a New York hotel in 1916. He's also finding lots more great cocktailian links, so be sure to swing by;
- The New York Daily News digs up the "drinks that define the five boroughs." However, I have some quibbles with this one: the drink that defines Manhattan isn't...a Manhattan? (That said, I don't have any objections whatsoever to a good Old-Fashioned, and the Emancipation sounds okay.) And no Bronx for the Bronx? I offer no comment on the Jager Bomb's suitability for Staten Island (memo to self: invent a drink called the Fresh Kills), but at least they chose a Brooklyn for Brooklyn. Also, Erik Ellestad points out that the Astoria is simply a dry Martini (using the recipe from the Savoy Cocktail Book; the Daily News's recipe sounds suspiciously like Audrey Saunder's Fitty-Fitty from the Pegu Club.) Might I engage in a small bit of self-promotion and offer my own Astoria cocktail?
- a neat article on Seattle bartenders' ice fetish;
- New York's Swann Galleries auction house is having a sale of vintage posters on Wednesday. Among them are some nifty drinks-related posters like a charming 1950s Dubonnet ad, a 1927 Cognac Monnet poster with the slogan "the sun in a glass", and this stunner from 1896 advertising Absinthe Robette. (I also liked the posters advertising Albert Robin Cognac, Maurin Quina's green devil, Relskys vodka, Bitter Astrid, Vichy water, and Orangina.) New Yorkers can check out the posters in the days leading up to the sale.