Among the many vintage gems found in “Professor” Jerry Thomas’s illustrated Bartender’s Guide of 1862, is a drink that originated in New Orleans called a Brandy Crusta. The recipe, which dates to 1852, called for Cognac, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and several types of bitters, served in a glass with a sugar “crust” (hence the name). Somewhere down the line (Dale DeGroff says it was Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1930), the Brandy Crusta was reimagined — sans bitters — and dubbed the Sidecar.
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Regardless of your feelings about getting caught in the rain, we hope you have room in your heart for Puerto Rico’s national drink, the trusty Piña Colada. This is a drink (and sometimes a cheese) with the power to make any day a beach vacation, even in the middle of February. There are conflicting reports as to when and where the "first" Piña...