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Drink Like a Shamus

Drink Like a Shamus

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Published by Steven Gomez
Eleven Cocktails to Serve Your Inner Detective

I don’t want to shock anyone, but there is drinking in this establishment. For noir fiction, booze is as much a staple to the gumshoe’s identity as cigarettes, femme fatales, or cynicism. Drinking doesn’t necessarily DEFINE the detective’s identity, but a tee totaling gum-shoe is a rarity indeed in the dark worlds of hard-boiled, noir pulp fiction.

The following drinks should fit into any dive bar or Speakeasy you wander into, pre or post prohibition. Enjoy the list and remember to detect responsibly.
Eleven Cocktails to Serve Your Inner Detective

I don’t want to shock anyone, but there is drinking in this establishment. For noir fiction, booze is as much a staple to the gumshoe’s identity as cigarettes, femme fatales, or cynicism. Drinking doesn’t necessarily DEFINE the detective’s identity, but a tee totaling gum-shoe is a rarity indeed in the dark worlds of hard-boiled, noir pulp fiction.

The following drinks should fit into any dive bar or Speakeasy you wander into, pre or post prohibition. Enjoy the list and remember to detect responsibly.

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Drink Like a Hard-Boiled, Noir ShamusEleven Cocktails to Serve Your Inner Detective
I don’t want to shock anyone, but there is drinking
in this establishment. For noir fiction, booze is as
much a staple to the gumshoe’s identity as cigarettes, femme fatales, or cynicism. Drinking doesn’tnecessarily DEFINE the detective’s identity, but a tee
totaling gum-shoe is a rarity indeed in the darkworlds of hard-boiled, noir pulp fiction.Be
er and straight whisky is the gumshoe’s stock
-in-trade, but they are by no means the limits to theiralcoholic repertoire. Wines, house blends and varietals alike, come into play depending on the companythey keep and environment, and most noir sleuths would never turn up their nose at a hearty ale or athick stout.Cocktails on the other hand, require a bit of consideration. Most hard-boiled types would never dip theirbill into a drink with a fancy garnish or sweet
 juice unless they’ve been shanghaied to
a place wheretropical fruit grows plentifully. The same goes for salted rims and fancy names, and the only time ahurricane glass should ever be used is in the event of a hurricane.A good general rule of thumb for most noir detective cocktails is that Bourbons and Cognacs shouldnever be made into a cocktail unless they are mixed with scotch and soda. The good detective cocktail
will be light in ingredients, so make sure you don’
t skimp. A good drink can turn bad quickly by usingcheap booze.The following drinks should fit into any dive bar or Speakeasy you wander into, pre or post prohibition.Enjoy the list and remember to detect responsibly.11) The Manhattan
We start off breaking the rules and walking a dangerous line with a fruit garnish. “’The Manhattan’ has acherry in it, for gosh sakes! Get it out of here!”You’d have a point there, but I’d never stoop to call this drink anything less than a
manly inebriant. For
years, the Manhattan was a staple of Made Men everywhere! And if it’s good enough for the mafia….
 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth2 1/2 oz Rye whiskey1 Maraschino cherry10) The White Russian (or Caucasian)A drink near and dear to my heart, the White Russian (or Caucasian if you use Half and Half instead of cream) is the drink of choice
of Jeff Bridges “The Dude,” star of the neo
-noir masterpiece that is The BigLebowski. It is smooth, relaxed, and like the Dude himself, at home in any dive bar.2 oz vodka1 oz KahluaHalf and half or cream9) The Tequila Sunrise
 
 Again we skirt the fine line between fruity and hard-boiled, but the Tequila Sunrise has a lot of hard-boiled oomph in its corner. Firstly it was the namesake of an eighties movie that gave a nod to theHumphrey Bogart-Claude Rains relationship from Casablanca. Secondly the
term “2 measures of tequila”is shorthand for “lots.”
Made right, it can have as much punch as a Long Island Loan Shark.2 measures of Tequila¾ cup orange juice½ oz. grenadine syrup8) The Dirty MartiniWhile the Martini and the dry version of the same bring to mind visions of James Bond, the Dirty Martiniis straight-up old school noir. In the
Hammett masterpiece “The Thin Man,” nick Charles made a mean
one as he solved the granddaddy of missing persons case. One has to imagine how much quicker thecaper would have been wrapped up without them.1 1/2 oz of Scotch (or Bourbon)3/4 of Amaretto Almond Liqueur7) The GodfatherEqually dignified and notorious, the Godfather naturally brings to mind visions of Brando sitting regallybehind his desk as his capos pay him respect. Will this drink elevate you to his stature? Almost certainlynot, but it might make you forget any indictments or pending racketeering charges hanging over yourhead.1 1/2 oz Scotch3/4 of Amaretto Liqueur6) Whisky and CokeThe
“Working Man’s” drink. Available everywhere
, understood world-wide and impervious to a badbartender, the Whiskey and Coke can be ordered automatically whenever your mind is on the case oryou find yourself staring down the barrel of a tommy gun. Sometimes the pleasure is in the simplicity.1 oz Whisky7 oz Coke5) Seven and SevenThe opposite number to the Whisky and Coke. A complete no-brainer when your bartender either
doesn’t speak your language or you’ve suffered the bad end of a police
interrogation. Consider this thealcoholic equivalent to the raw steak over a black eye.1 oz whiskey7 oz lemon-lime soda
 
4) The Rusty NailSome drinks just sound like a noir story, and the Rusty Nail is the king of them. Just m
ake sure you don’t
smile when you order this, and also
make sure that you don’t order it “up,” or the bartender will bring itto you in a stemmed glass and you’ll lose shamus points. For added trivia points, if you substituteCanadian Rye for Scotch you call it a “Donald Sutherland.”
 1 1/2 oz Scotch1/2 oz DrambuieTwist of Lemon peel3) The Gin and TonicThe grandfather of the no-brainer drinks, this cocktail just screams trench coat and fedora. No-nonsense, no frills, the Gin and Tonic is an icon of dive bars everywhere. This is where the gin makes the
drink, so don’t skip. And if you really want to go back to the old
-school cocktail, substitute your tonic forflat water.2 oz. gin5 oz. tonic waterWedge of lime2) The Tom CollinsNo tough guy can stand anyone meddling
in their business, and that’s exactly
how the Tom Collins cameto be. As a running bar gag, friends would tell their odd-man-out that a fellow named Tom Collins was just in telling stories about them. He would see red and they would tell him to go to a bar across townand ask the bartender about him. Eventually an entrepreneurial bartender invented the Tom Collins andgave it to any stooge who came in asking for one.
You can’t
go wrong asking for one today, even though it borders on the fruit-juicy side of noir. This is
great to hear, because as everyone knows, it’s Jack Daniels who talks all the crap nowadays!
 2 ounces gin1 ounce fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon superfine sugar or Rich Simple Syrup4 ounces cold club sodaWedge of orange1) The HighballThe Highball is the cornerstone of hard-boiled drinks, bringing the kind of gravitas that other drinks canonly dream of. Equally at home in the hands of Bogart, Martin or Sinatra, the Highball was so well-thought of that in 1915 William J. McKenna wrote a musical number celebrating the drink. Suck onTHAT, Cosmopolitan!1 ounce whiskey5 ounces cold ginger aleTwist of lemon

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