Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide

Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 076279268X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"I love a martini—
But two at the most.
Three, I’m under the table;
Four, I’m under the host."

Raise a glass to Dorothy Parker’s wit and wisdom.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Dorothy Parker Society, gives us an intoxicating new look at the doyenne of the ripping riposte through the lens she most preferred: the bottom of a glass. A bar book for Parker enthusiasts and literary tipplers alike, Under the Table offers a unique take on Mrs. Parker, the Algonquin Round Table, and the Jazz Age by celebrating the cocktails that she, her bitter friends, and sweetest enemies enjoyed.
    Each entry of this delicious compendium offers a fascinating and lively history of a period cocktail, a complete recipe, and the characters associated with it. The book also features a special selection of twenty first–century speakeasy-style recipes from the country’s top mixologists. Topping it off are excerpts from Parker’s poems, stories, and other writings that will allow you to enjoy her world from the speakeasies of New York City to the watering holes of Hollywood.

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triple sec � teaspoon grenadine 1 egg white For the first version, Shake all ingredients over ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. for the second version, Vigorously shake all ingredients over cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Note: The original recipe for the second version called for absinthe, which can be difficult to find. You can substitute with Pernod or another anise-flavored liqueur. Another variation substitutes

theater criticism for Vanity Fair and Ainslee’s. The Hotel Wallick in Times Square named a drink for one of her favorite stage comedians, Raymond Hitchcock, who appeared in shows with W. C. Fields, Fanny Brice, and Mary Eaton. He toured with the Ziegfeld Follies before moving into silent films, and Mrs. Parker always gave him a glowing review. In 1918 he was in a show called Hitchy-Koo, about which Mrs. Parker wrote, No matter what the show may be, if Raymond Hitchcock is in it, it’s a success.

drawing rooms, bedrooms, compartments, dining cars, lounges—for the sixteen-hour trip. In 1938 the Twentieth Century Limited locomotives debuted a streamlined Art Deco look in two shades of gray with aluminum and blue stripes. Traveling those thousand miles made for a luxurious adventure lost on us today. (You can get a feeling for it, though, in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.) Trainspotting author and gourmand Lucius Beebe adored the Twentieth Century Limited, writing that he “slept the

haunts of Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table. This book gives me a chance to share with a larger audience a lot of the knowledge that I usually only impart as I walk backward in Times Square or the Upper West Side. I thank the Dorothy Parker researchers who went before me: Randall Calhoun (Dorothy Parker a Bio-Bibliography), Marion Meade (Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?), and Stuart Y. Silverstein (Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker). Stuart’s extensive notes on

child, Mary Sherwood let everyone at the Round Table and New York know she was pregnant. To offer her congratulations on the birth of Mary’s daughter, Mrs. Parker sent a telegram: “Good work, Mary, we all knew you had it in you.” She sent it collect. To fellow Vicious Circle member Ruth Hale, spouse of Heywood Broun and a passionate feminist: “To Ruth Broun from Dorothy Rothschild.” In 1945, Mrs. Parker sent one to her editor at Viking Press: “This is instead of telephoning because I can’t look

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