Category: History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour 1764 – The Leland Palmer

It’s baaaaacckkkk!

And what a way to bring it back, even if I do say so myself.  Today we a celebrating the 1764 birth of a British Lord, with a drink inspired by our favourite filicidal maniac!

Leland Palmer1Charles Grey, born 13 March 1764 was the Second Earl Grey and the Prime Minister of Britain from 1830 to 1834.  And yes, he is THE Earl Grey that gave the tea it’s name.

Earl Grey Tea, which is traditionally black tea flavoured with bergamot, is reputed to have been made for the Earl by a Chinese Mandarin to offset the taste of the dodgy water at the Earl’s ancestral home.

And today we are celebrating the Earl with my version of a drink named after Leland Palmer, which in turn is a twist on the Arnold Palmer.  I know, it’s like going down a rabbit hole isn’t it?

For those of you not of a certain age, Leland Palmer is a character from the tv show Twin Peaks.  He is the father of Laura Palmer and ****spoiler alert***** (if you can still have spoilers on something that is 25 years old) later revealed to have killed her whilst under the possession of an evil entity called Bob. 

The Leland Palmer cocktail is the creation of Daniel Boelte who was inspired to make it after being hungover at his girlfriend’s house and watching an episode of Twin Peaks.  The original Leland Palmer uses jasmine tea, whilst, in honour of the day, I used Earl Grey Tea –  as well as being Charles Grey’s Birthday, it’s also my wedding anniversary.  So I guess I can switch up my cocktails however I want. 

So, did my twist on the Leland Palmer result in unleashing a Bob of cocktail?  I am totally, utterly may be slightly biased but I think not.  This was delightful!

Leland Palmer 3

The bergamot in the Earl Grey combined beautifully with the fresh citrus and the limoncello.  The herby notes of the tea also works really well with the botanicals in the gin. 

The bitterness in the grapefruit and the tea is balanced by the sweetness of the honey and the limoncello with the lemon adding some zing. 

Leland Palmer 4

This is totally gorgeous.  Everything balances beautifully and you can add as much or little soda as you like depending on your needs.  We drank them quite long (ie with lots of soda) over a summer afternoon and it was perfection however I can also envisage drinking it with just a splash of soda in winter in colder months. 

Leland Palmer 2Happy Birthday Charles Grey, Happy wedding anniversary to me and the fussiest eater in the world, thank you Daniel Boelte for the original recipe and to Leland Palmer for inspiring you to make a drink.

Here’s the recipe!

Leland Palmer (My Way)
A delightfully well balanced and refreshing cocktail made from gin, l[imoncello and Earl Grey Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup honey
  2. 3 cups freshly brewed Earl Grey Tea
  3. 3/4 cup gin (I used Hendricks)
  4. 3/4 cup limoncello*
  5. 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  6. 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  7. Chilled club soda
  8. Ice cubes
  9. 6 lemon wheel (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Stir the honey into the Earl Grey Tea, whilst it is still warm. Set aside to cool in fridge for a few hours.
  2. Mix honey tea mixture, gin, limoncello, grapefruit juice and lemon juice.
  3. Fill glasses with ice cubes
  4. Pour in the tea mixture.
  5. Top with chilled club soda to your taste. More for weaker drink, less for a stronger version. Mine was about 50/50.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel
Adapted from Daniel Boelte
Adapted from Daniel Boelte
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
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The Bobby Dazzler – History Happy Hour – 1788

G’day mates,  Happy Australia Day!

Today we are celebrating with a dubious mocktail with a fabulous name – The Bobby Dazzler. 

Australia Day celebrates the 1788 landing of the First Fleet into Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the British flag on Australian soil. 

The day is marked by celebrations both formal and informal across Australia, with many people enjoying the day off work with barbecues, at the beach and otherwise enjoying the lovely summer weather.

Over at chez Retro Food, we are celebrating with this:

Bobby Dazzler1If you had asked me as a six-year-old to design my perfect drink it would have been something very like the Bobby Dazzler.  “I want coca cola with something pink in it and whipped cream and a strawberry and sprinkles….”  Seriously, if the Bobby Dazzler came with some glitter and a unicorn, it would have been my six-year-old idea of heaven. 

Bobby Dazzler2However, according to International Mixed Drinks by Ken Fin (1995) the Bobby Dazzler was created by Maxine Nash at the Bubbles – Wodonga Hotel where it was the runner-up in the Best Border Beverage Competition of 1991.  International Mixed Drinks is silent on whether or not Maxine Nash was a six-year-old. 

F.Scott who normally taste tests all the cocktails I  make wasn’t having a bar of this.  But like  his namesake F.Scott is partial to a sip o’ the hard stuff. 

Bobby Dazzler3So another tester had to be found.  And how more appropriate than our friend the Tasmanian Devil?

He loved it.  But then again, we found him later on gnawing on one of the popper bottles. 

Bobby Dazzler4The Bobby Dazzler  is not so much bad tasting as unremittingly, unrelentingly sweet.  And just when you think you can have no more sweet, you get a mouthful of cream.

Unless you are a six-year-old girl or a Tasmanian Devil you probably will not want to celebrate Australia Day with a Bobby Dazzler!  I still feel a bit ill after drinking it.  I feel like I need to have a little lie down.  Simultaneously, I am so wired on caffeine and sugar I feel like I may never sleep again.

For those who want it, here is the recipe:

Bobby Dazzler
A very sweet and creamy mocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. 60ml Grenadine
  2. 200ml cola
  3. whipped cream
  4. 100's and 1000's or other sprinkles
  5. Strawberry and 2 blueberries to garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend the Grenadine and cola and pour into a glass.
  2. Top with the whipped cream.
  3. Sprinkle with 100's and 1000's and garnish with a strawberry and the blueberries.
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
I am calling this a recipe fail not because there was anything wrong with the recipe, I think it worked out exactly as it should have.  To me the recipe fails because there is no counterbalance to that cloying sweetness. I also did not like that big chunk of whipped cream which pretty much just made your mouth feel greasy.  I think ice-cream may have been a better choice.  What do I know though?  It’s not like I ever came runner-up in the Best Border Beverage competition.

I hope your Australia Day is dazzling, even if this drink is not.

Have a wonderful week.

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History Happy Hour – 1974 – Happy Days

Good Bye grey skies, hello blue…

Today history lovers, we are celebrating the first airing of the TV show Happy Days, on 15 January 1974, with a lovely cocktail, called appropriately enough, Happy Days.

Happy Days 2

The show Happy Days, centred on Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, his family, their upstairs tenant, Arthur Fonzarelli ( aka The Fonz) the coolest dude in town and Richie’s uncool friends, Ralph Maplh and Potsie. It ran for ten years, ending in September 1984.

Happy Days Cast

Happy Days was a stalwart of my childhood, it was one of my favorite after school shows and never seemed to be off the telly. Set in the 1950’s, and 60’s it, along with Gilligan’s island quite possibly influenced my love of the clothing of those decades!

The Happy Days Cocktail is a mix of equal parts peach schnapps, vodka, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice.  And it’s delicious!!!  The grapefruit juice makes it – I think grapefruit brings an almost florally citrus scent and taste.  It’s bitterness also helps to tamp down the sweetness of the peach and pineapple to stop the Happy Days from being too cloying. 

It also smells amazing!  Like a summer fruit basket!!!

Happy Days CocktailThis is so good!  I garnished with some pineapple and a maraschino cherry – because how could you not be happy with one of them in your drink!  I also added a little twist of the grapefruit rind just to ramp up the citrussy bitterness a tad.  Happy Days 3

And the verdict:

Fonzie

On another note, this may be the last Happy History Hour for a while.  As part of a new years reset I am giving up the booze for a month, maybe 6 weeks.  I am trying to find some interesting mocktails for the duration but they are proving to be somewhat elusive. If anyone has any sources, please let me know!  Alternatively, if you would like to guest post a Happy History Hour Cocktail, please get in touch!

Happy Days
A refreshing not too sweet cocktail with some lovely fruity flavours
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz vodka
  2. 1 oz peach schnapps
  3. 1 oz pineapple juice
  4. 1 oz grapefruit juice
  5. Ice
  6. Pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, grapefruit rind twist to garnish (all optional)
Instructions
  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. Stir the vodka, peach schnapps and juices over ice.
  3. Add some ice cubes to the chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Strain the liquid into the glass.
  5. Garnish with the cherry and pineapple, twist a piece of the grapefruit rind over the glass to release some of the essential oils and serve immediately
Adapted from Alex's Cocktail
Adapted from Alex's Cocktail
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/

These days are ours, share them with me!

And, have a week full of happy days!

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History Happy Hour – 1959 – On The Beach

+Hello and welcome to a very special history happy hour. 

Because today, December 17, not only do we have a super fruity and delicious cocktail to celebrate today’s event but also two yummy recipes courtesy of one of my (and hopefully your) favourite bloggers, Jenny from Silver Screen Suppers.  Jenny is also making the same trio of recipes so when you have finished here, please head over there to have a look. 

But what, and how are we celebrating?

On The Beach CollageOn The Beach – The Film

December 17, 1959 saw the première of the film On The Beach.  And just look at this for a cast list – Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins.   There’s galaxies that wish they were that star studded!!!!  Oh and just for fun, Frank Sinatra came along too.  Not to be in the film,  Just to hang out with Ava.  On the beach. 

 

And that beach was in my home town of Melbourne!  Or in a place called Frankston on the outskirts thereof.  In fact, for many a year, there was a scurrilous rumour that Ms Gardner had made the snarky comment that Melbourne was “the perfect place to make a film about the end of the world.”  Not true my friends,  not true.  Said quote was totally invented by a junior reporter from a Sydney newspaper, obviously miffed that we got Ava, Gregory, Fred, Tony (and Frank) and all they got was a bridge and an Opera House. 

On The Beach, based on a novel by Nevil Shute (which I have not read but now really want to) is a post-apocalyptic romance in which Australia is the only country to survive a nuclear war.  However it is only a matter of months  before radiation clouds doom the survivors to the same fate as the rest of the world.  Unless…Dah dah da dah….

This is a film worth seeking out. A stellar cast, some superlative acting, and an engrossing story line, which although somewhat dated has much to speak to us about our current situation.  And, if you can watch the scene with Tony Perkins and Donna Andrews without welling up?  You’re already a little dead inside.

On The Beach – The Drink

What more appropriate way to celebrate the release of On The Beach than with the classic cocktail Sex on The Beach!  And it’s so good.   Peach schnapps where have you been all my life?

Sex On The Beach 3

This is fruit, fruit and more fruit – peach from the schnapps, cranberry, orange juice and pineapple juice all playing a role.  With a hit of vodka to give it some backbone. 

Sex On The Beach 2

This is the best summer you have ever had, in a glass.  And unlike its namesake you don’t have to worry about getting sand in your privates if you have one. And you can have two, maybe three in one night with lots of different people without anyone looking askance at you!

On The Beach – The Food

Jenny (this woman is a marvel!!!)  sent me a host of recipes by the stars of On The Beach but there was one that stood out for me above all others. 

Gregory  Peck’s recipe for Happy Pappy Eggs.  Oh my…..it’s not often that words fail me.  But….first up how you could you not love something called Happy Pappy eggs and second…the recipe came from Gregory Peck.  AKA Atticus Finch (pre Go Set a Watchman). And then I also chose a Gregory Peck recipe for ratatouille. 

Happy Pappy Eggs

The Happy Pappy Eggs were scrambled eggs with some slow cooked onions.  Simple and delicious!!! But oh man, that rataouille was amazing!!!  I have no idea why I don’t make it more often.  It went really well with the eggs. And together they would make a super brunch dish after a long night of Sex on The Beach (either way).

I also ate the rataouille for lunch for a few days with some cheese in a toasted turkish roll and OMG…it was a revelation!  So good!

Ratatouille Cheese Roll

On The Beach – The Recipe

There were some rather frightening copyright restrictions on the Gregory Peck recipes so we  decided not to print them.  However, I’m sure if you asked Jenny very nicely she would send you a copy.  For personal use only. Don’t let us find you in a dingy alley handing out illegal copies of the recipe of Happy Pappy Eggs!

There are also a myriad recipes and variations for the Sex On The Beach Cocktail.  This is a fairly classic take on it.

History Happy Hour – 1959 – On The Beach

History Happy Hour – 1959 – On The Beach

Recipe from Wiki-How: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Sex-on-the-Beach-Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz (45 ml.) peach schnapps
  • 1.5 oz (45 ml.) vodka
  • 2 oz. (60 ml.) cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. (60 ml.) orange juice
  • 2 oz. (60 ml.) pineapple juice
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  • Pour peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice into a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until the outside of the shaker gets frosty - about 20 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a glass filled with more ice cubes.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry
http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/2015/12/17/history-happy-hour/

This was so much fun, it was great collaborating with Jenny and getting to watch a fabulous movie to boot!  Thank you Jenny for the awesome recipes, I can’t wait to see what you have dome with them!

Have a great week you lovely people, happy drinking (and eating)!

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History Happy Hour 1863 – The Scream

Happy History Hour People of The World! 

Or, more appropriately, Hei! Velkommen.

The Scream

Because today, December 12, we are heading over to Norway to celebrate the 1863 birth of the artist Edvard Munch.  Munch is most famous for his painting The Scream,  painted in 1893.

The Scream

I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

 – Edvard Munch

The Scream  has achieved pop culture icon status appearing in The Simpsons, Doctor Who, inspiring the mask in The Scream films as well as appearing on countless t-shirts, mouse pads coffee mugs, anything you can name from the sublime in this divine dress by Deconstructess:

To the ridiculous! 

if you are suffering from existential angst, The Scream Cocktail, may just be the cure.  Because, as we all know:

You put the lime in the coconut and mix them both together,

You put the lime in the coconut and then you’ll feel better”

 – Harry Nilsson

Deeee-licious!  I feel better already!

The Scream2

I had a query recently about whether or not I would allow someone to guest post on here.  The answer, is a big, yes, yes, yes and the History Happy Hour may be the perfect place to start!

Why not celebrate a historic event in your neck of the woods by writing a post? I can help to find you a cocktail, or you can provide your own, just let me know if you are interested.

History Happy Hour 1863 – The Scream

History Happy Hour 1863 – The Scream

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ parts Malibu coconut rum
  • ½ part Stolichnaya vodka
  • ½ part triple sec
  • ¼ part lime juice

Instructions

  • Shake contents and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

Recipe by Jonas Halpren on drinkoftheweek.com

http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/drink_recipes/scream/#axzz3u0TtdC4o

http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/2015/12/12/history-happy-hour-1863-scream/

Happy drinking!

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