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4 Quite Clever Cocktails

November 10, 2016

With the holidays comes cocktail party season, and with cocktail parties come these drinks with pretty clever names.
Four Clever Cocktails

Jon Daly

The recently deceased golfer Arnold Palmer also lent his name to a drink he reportedly invented: the alcohol-free country club staple of half lemonade/half iced tea. But if you saddle up to the bar and order a Jon Daly, you’ll get an Arnold Palmer, spiked with vodka. (Jon Daly is also a golfer, but one with a party animal reputation that overshadows his achievements on the golf course.)

Shirley Temple Black

Kids today may not even know who Shirley Temple is anymore, but kids today can still find a Shirley Temple on the menu at thousands of restaurants. (It’s 7-Up or ginger ale spiked with sticky-sweet grenadine syrup and topped with a maraschino cherry.) A Shirley Temple Black—as in the married name of the late child actress turned adult diplomat—is a Shirley Temple drink but with the addition of a shot of booze.

Sonic Screwdriver

A screwdriver is a standard cocktail: one part vodka to two parts orange juice. It supposedly got its name when it was invented—it was stirred with a screwdriver instead of a spoon or swizzle stick. There are lots of variations out there, such as this one inspired by the long-running science-fiction series Doctor Who. The time-traveling alien known as The Doctor carries around a near magical tool blue-light-covered tool called a Sonic Screwdriver. Vodka combined Blue Curacao and 7-Up is also called a Sonic Screwdriver.

Monkey Gland

The cocktail known as the Monkey Gland is a bit out of fashion these days—it peaked in popularity in the mid-20th century. Thankfully also out of fashion is the inspiration for the drink’s name. Consisting of gin, orange juice, grenadine, and the bright-green French liqueur absinthe, it supposedly provides pep and vigor for those who drink it. Also supposedly providing pep and vigor was a procedure in 1920s Paris in which wealthy men would try to restore youthful energy by getting an implant of a monkey’s testicular tissue.

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