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History Happy Hour – The Flamingo

So, I made this Flamingo cocktail today with the idea that I would post it in the usual time it takes me to post anything – a month, six weeks, some time in the yet to be disclosed future.  But then I opened my email and discovered that today, December 26 in the way back of 1946 was the day that Bugsy Siegel opened the Pink Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  

I’m not a big fan of posting too quickly because I like to procrastinate carefully curate what goes into these pages. 

It’s why the quality is usually so high…😂

But some opportunities are too good to miss.

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And how pretty is this?  It’s a gorgeous, glorious, fabulous pink! Perfect for drinking at the most fabulous, magnificent , luxurious resort in the world….or just, you know, at home…

Flamingo Casino

Siegel, called “the mobster with the beautiful blue eyes” by Cesar Romero named the resort the Flamingo after his girlfriend Virginia Hill who was a leggy redhead.  

The opening of the Pink Flamingo Casino was a total clusterf**k.  Bad weather kept many of the Hollywood celebrities who had been invited to the opening away.  The rooms weren’t finished so gamblers took their winnings elsewhere.  By the end of the first week, the Pink Flamingo had lost $300,000 in revenue.  By the end of its first year of operation it had earned nothing! 

Siegel was shot to death in 1947.  

A memorial to him still exists in the current Flamingo complex.


Far from being a clusterf**k, the Flamingo cocktail is a total delight! 

Gin, Apricot Brandy, lime juice and Grenadine make it delicious!

A maraschino cherry gives it some vintage glamour.  It’s not in the recipe but it does make it gorgeous!

Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!!!!



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History Happy Hour 1558 – The Gloriana

We’re  stepping into the waaaaaay back machine for today’s history happy hour, all the way back to 1558 when, on 17 November, Queen Elizabeth I ascended the English throne.


“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”
Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth’s parent’s were Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  However, maternal bonds were not really allowed to develop as her father had her mother’s head lopped off when Elizabeth was just under 3 years old.

By the standards of the day, Elizabeth was a beauty with the lovely Tudor red-gold hair.  I wondered if  this might not be the be the reason for the apricot brandy in the Gloriana. 

Gloriana2Elizabeth ruled for 45 years and her reign saw the voyages of Drake and Raleigh and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.  The position of the Church of England was stabilised and the arts flourished.  Elizabeth even attended the première performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. 

Elizabeth was the last Tudor Monarch.  She died without an heir to the throne and the crown  passed to James I. 

Gloriana1The Gloriana is traditionally ungarnished.  Given our subject was the Virgin Queen herself, I thought my garnish was appropriate.  (In a totally inappropriate way!)

If you feel like raising a toast to Good Queen Bess, Gloriana herself, I can think of no better way than with this delicious cocktail.


History Happy Hour 1558 – The Gloriana

History Happy Hour  1558 – The Gloriana


  • 30ml Apricot Brandy
  • 15ml Gin
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • Maraschino Cherry to garnish (optional)
  • Ice


  • Place the ice in a cocktail shaker and shake with the Apricot Brandy, Gin and Lemon Juice.
  • Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with the cherry if using.
  • Enjoy!


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Birthday Cocktail – The Rum 007

Well, hello there, 

So remiss of me, we’ve been celebrating a while now and I haven’t offered you a drink.  Well, my parched friends, this is worth the wait.  Meet the Rum 007!

Rum 007 2This may be my favourite cocktail EVER. 

It’s sooooo good. 

And to think, because of the apricot brandy,  I was a bit scared of making it.  A few years ago I needed to buy some cherry brandy for a cocktail and it was disgusting.  Like that revolting fake cherry cough syrup you had to drink when you were young.  I was a very sickly child and I must have drunk a ton and a half of that stuff and the thought of it still gives me the horrors.

Thankfully, Apricot Brandy is utterly delicious.  Almost too good if you know what  I mean. 

 Of course if anything is called 007, you automatically think of Bond.  I could find no links to this recipe and JB although a Rum Collins apparently features in Thunderball. 

So, when in doubt, make it up…that’s totally a thing isn’t it?

Rum 007

My explanation for the story behind the name has nothing to do with a certain spy.  It’s simply that when you take you first sip, thinking the Apricot Brandy will be disgusting and cloying and sickly sweet, you say “Oh”…then the nutty sweet, tangy pineapply, rummy wonderfulness hits you and you say “OH”.  Then you want six more.  Because it’s THAT good. 

I found this recipe in the Margaret Fulton Cookbook which happens to be the selection current selection over at The Cookbook Guru.  My edition of this book, which incidentally is STILL in print dates from 1977 which is the same year The Spy Who Loved Me was released.

For those of you not familiar with Margaret she is a complete cooking Australian legend. It says so right on the Margaret Fulton stamp.  And Australia Post does not lie. Or make stamps of just anyone.  This lady is the grande dame, the mec plus ultra of Australian cooking.

Margaret Fulton StampAnd, as a heads up, back in the day, she made the most amazing cake, which I will attempt to replicate for my own birthday later in the year. You’ll have to wait til August to see that but, if I can pull it off it will be worth the wait. 

There are many reasons to love Margaret Fulton, but in terms of inventing an awesome cocktail, possibly based on James Bond? 

Nobody does it better!

And because it’s my favorite Bond song, here it is  

 ‘Kay, I’m done here, I have another six  five 007’s to drink….I like to call it quality control.  I couldn’t possibly give you a recipe that I hadn’t personally tested multiple times.

Here’s the recipe.

Rum 007 recipe Enjoy and have a fabulous week! 

Eight days to Pieathalon 2….I can hardly wait!!!

Two weeks still to go in the win a vintage cookbook comp!  Sign up, tell your friends!

Rum 007

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