Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cocktails at Asprey

I spent the other afternoon perusing the Asprey website, and, as would be expected, I found all kinds of jewelry, trifles, and objects that I now can't live without. What especially caught my attention was their barware, most of which harks back to the Golden Age of Cocktails. Think swizzle sticks, smoky glass decanters, sublime champagne coolers, and sterling silver flasks. The most fanciful of their barware offerings, though, has to be the stylish cocktail shakers. Yes, these shakers might be investment pieces, but they are indeed shakers that you will have forever. You know, one of those items that your children will fight over someday.

Anyway, I found these shakers so inspiring that I went off in search of classic cocktails that are in the spirit (or might that be spirits?) of these classic shakers themselves.

A Port Cocktail Shaker calls for:

Port in a Storm
*a punch recipe

4 oz. port
1-2 dashes brandy
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Use an ordinary ruby port since it is a mixed drink. Stir will with ice and drink on the rocks or strained in a wine glass.

The Rocket Cocktail Shaker screams for :

The Rocket

1 oz. acquavit
1 oz. kummël

Pour from ice-cold bottles into cocktail glasses. Stir.

Quench your thirst with the Thirst Extinguisher Cocktail Shaker and :

Oriental Cooler

2 oz. gin or vodka
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Tonic water

Mix the gin or vodka, lime juice and Angostura in a tall glass. Top up with tonic water.

With The Cocktail Shaker, Black you can make:

Black Velvet

1/2 champagne
1/2 Guinness

Half fill a tall glass with cold Guinness. Fill the remainder with chilled champagne (carefully, so it will not fizz up and waste precious drops).

If the Tell Me How Cocktail Shaker can't help you, then just:

Leave It To Me

2 oz. gin
1 oz. maraschino
1 oz. lemon juice
1 dash grenadine
1 egg white

Shake all the ingredients hard for a frothy delight and serve in a large cocktail or wine glass.

The Cocktail Shaker, Red could have you seeing a:

Flying Red Horse

6 oz. orange juice
1 oz. vodka
2 dashes Grand Marnier
1 dash grenadine

Stir with ice and serve in a tumbler.

Cocktail recipes from the Vogue Book of Cocktails.  Illustrations from The Twenties in Vogue, The Thirties in Vogue, and Society in Vogue.


  1. I love Black Velvet, bit of a boy's drink, I think. Goes brilliantly with game. I've seen it served in jugs with ice. The Black Cocktail shaker is incredibly smart.

    Had the idea of inventing my own cocktail, "The Tudorbeathen", including, somehow, the red (Lancastrian) and the white (Yorkist). Probably an insane idea, resulting mess could be a nasty pink.

    1. I think that's a brilliant idea! Pink is not such a bad color for a cocktail. I do believe that much of the Cosmopolitan's popularity is owing to its pinkish color.

  2. The women in these sketches are much sexier than Miley Cyrus at her must vulgar!

    1. srb- How right you are! The women depicted in these sketches were ladies. Miley Cyrus is no lady! Vulgar indeed.

  3. Jennifer Dengel11:25 AM

    Hi Jennifer--loved the illustrations you paired with the shakers. They really can be a thing of beauty.

    1. Jennifer, These are also the kind of cocktail shakers that need to be displayed rather than hidden in a cabinet. They really are beautiful!

  4. they are beautifully delicious + loved the shakers + the illustrations.

  5. I love them all, but the Port cocktail shaker is my favourite. For me a port-based cocktail is a sure-fire headache in a glass. Still. no one's to say I may not shake my beloved Perfect Manhattan in it.

  6. Nice post. Don't know if I heard it here first, but if not, here's a great little cocktail book:

  7. Love the art inspirations here! Very brilliant idea. Now to enjoy a cocktail!
    xo Nancy