Chumley’s mixologist looked to cocktail history and added a dash of whimsy when naming her drinks. Think old times and bootlegging meets Mad Men. In his 1917 film, The Adventurer, Charlie Chaplin makes himself a strong cocktail: he sprays soda water into a bottle of whiskey and drinks it, only to spill it later.
The Blue Bar’s Dorothy Parker Cocktail
The Algonquin’s Blue Bar would be remiss if it didn’t serve a cocktail named after Dottie. The Blue Bar takes its name from its blue lighting, a recommendation by actor John Barrymore.
The Old Cuban from Bemelmans Bar
Given that Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years, you could commemorate Ludwig Bemelmans and Papa’s family ties and creativity with an Old Cuban, one of the bar’s most popular drinks. When mixologist Audrey Saunders created this cocktail in a New York bar in 2002, it became a contemporary classic.
Aperol Spritz, Food Schmooze-Style
Alex Province knows his way around a bar cart. But for parties that go well into the night, he prefers making low-alcohol cocktails for friends, and his Aperol Spritz fits the bill.
Alex Province’s Prosecco Margarita
Alex Province’s festive and fun prosecco margarita is a delicious and most unexpected cocktail for Christmas, New Year’s Eve—or even a taco party.
Mark Raymond’s Cranberry-Lime Sparkler
Cranberry loves citrus, and this simple bubbly cocktail by Mark Raymond marries the two perfectly.