El Metropolitano

2 oz tequila
1/2 oz orgeat
2-3 dashes chocolate bitters

Combine over ice.

Named for the hotel at which the Japanese delegation of 1860 stayed, near Jerry Thomas’s bar where the Japanese Cocktail was created.

Southern Traction

The 20th Century is a underrated classic cocktail created for the fabulous Art Deco bullet-nosed New York Hudson train engine that ran the Chicago to New York 20th Century Limited line starting in 1938.

Lacking a few critical ingredients, I improvised, naming this variant after a Floridian train.


  • 1 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz creme de cacao
  • 1/4 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice

Combine in a shaker over ice, shake until cold, and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit or lemon if available.

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