St. Louis, Michael Sam, and the first Cocktail Party on record

St. Louis Rams pick Michael Sam

My wonderful Dad and my friend Judi aren’t going to believe I’ve written a post about football. BUT, they’ll totally believe that I’ve written a post about cocktails and a gay man and am pretending to write about football. So this whole Michael Sam thing is fascinating to me. The excitement of our nation’s first out NFL player, the “what’s the big deal?” responses, the wing-nut reactionary drivel, the spectacle of it all. Here’s my favorite piece on the Michael Sam media blitz so far. (Sports metaphor, yeah baby!) And this whole thing got me thinking about all sorts of things, including St. Louis and, of course, cocktails.

Turns out St. Louis is home to the first known cocktail party here in the U.S. Supposedly one Mrs. Julius Walsh hosted it at her home at noon one fine Sunday in 1917. Fifty guests attended. What did they serve? What did they wear? Oh to have the youtube video highlights of that event!

St. Louis!

St. Louis!

And have you read about the bar scene in St. Louis? Lots of great watering holes from what I can gather. The Fortune Teller Bar, Sanctuaria, and the Blood and Sand membership club, are just a few examples. And from the Fortune Teller Bar comes a modification of one of my favorite cocktails, the Rattlesnake. Here’s their Rattlesnake King. Try it out and let us know what you think:

1 oz Bourbon, .75 oz apple brandy, .5 oz Cardamaro amaro, .25 oz freshly squeezed orange juice, 4-5 dashes Angostura bitters, and an orange peel. Pour all of the ingredients (except the orange peel — which you can’t really “pour” anyhow) into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake three times. Right — just three. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass and garnish with that patient orange peel.

Go rattlesnakes. Go Rams!

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