This week, join ShortOrder and fill up your ice machines to learn about the favorite cocktails of famous American authors. Many writers had a cocktail they were most famous for enjoying; among them were Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, John Steinbeck, and the three gentlemen below. We ask you drink responsibly, and try out these recipes in your restaurant with your own ice machines.
Gin Rickey – F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most famous writers and expatriates of the Roaring Twenties, is responsible for the novels The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, and a number of short stories. Gin was a popular spirit in the 1920s, and so Fitzgerald’s favorite drink, the Gin Rickey, is an entirely appropriate choice. A Rickey may also, however, be made with rum or scotch. It consists of gin, lime juice, and club soda, garnished with a lime wheel, and served over an ice machine’s cubed ice.
Mojito – Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway, author of such American classics as The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and For Whom the Bell Tolls, thoroughly enjoyed the mojito. The drink was invented at a Cuban bar in Havana called La Bodeguita del Medio, which Hemingway frequented while he lived there in the 1940s and 1950s. The mojito is actually derived from the Rickey, and consists of fresh mint, lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, white rum, and a wedge of lime. The rim of the glass may be sugared, and the drink is served “on the rocks” with cubed ice (as from ice machines).
Margarita – Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was a poet and a novelist of the Beat Generation, most famous for his novel On the Road, and allegedly adopted the margarita as a favorite drink during one of his trips to Mexico. Margaritas take many forms, but the classic margarita is usually made with tequila, lime juice, and a sweetener such as triple sec. Frozen margaritas are popular versions, and are made with pureed ice. Machines specifically for frozen margaritas are very popular, but smaller servings are made in blenders. To add a twist to a margarita, a number of flavors can be added, such as fruit juice (for a strawberry margarita, for example), flavored syrups, or other spirits, such as schnapps or Grand Marnier. Salt or sugar the rim, or leave it plain.
More about Ice Machines
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