A prohibition era style cocktail, the Carousel Cocktail is a modern riff on the oddly named Japalac Cocktail. Japalac was an extremely popular tinted varnish from Glidden that was heavily advertised on billboards, in magazines, and on radio – so recognizable that it eventually ended up having a cocktail named after it, as was the style (I remember a cocktail named after the TV series “Miami Vice” in the mid-1980s). After making the rounds of many cocktail lounges, the Japalac Cocktail made its first appearance in print in 1931.
This cocktail has a nice balance between sweet and sour and is not too alcohol forward.
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz Aperol
- 1 oz raspberry syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
Shake all with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
One of the posh Manhattan destinations on anyone’s list during its heyday, which was just about the entire time it was in operation, being seen at The Stork Club meant you had officially ‘arrived’. Opened in 1929 by ex-bootlegger Sherman Billingsley, influential columnist Walter Winchell called it “New York’s New Yorkiest place on West 58th.” Indeed, it was located on West 58th Street for the first 5 years of its existence, then when prohibition ended it moved to 3 East 53rd Street where it would remain until its final day of operation on October 4th, 1965. The building was demolished in 1966, and Paley Park now stands in its place.
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One of the many legends told about the invention of this most famous of cocktails is that it was created in the nineteenth century by ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas of San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel who named it after the nearby town of Martinez California.
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