I feel great, well pretty good, but that doesn't mean that things aren't going on around me. I mean the news is horrible. IRAs, healthcare, debt, unemployment, war, bombs. We're in a depression. And as if by magic, I'm doing some of the same things they did in the 40's when money was tight, but I only now realized it.
Take for instance the hair and makeup during the time. I'm so into it right now that I bought red lipstick and got out the curlers. See, the gals during that time couldn't spend money on clothes, so they got creative and put in a little more effort. Hence, styles got big and bold above the neck.
Bottom two images are by Irving Penn who died October 7th, 2009. What a body of work he has left us.
And isn't it ironic that a magazine that started during the Depression, closes down in the next one. R.I.P. Gourmet. Below are three cocktails they featured in the 40's.
Tequila is at its best if not too diluted, but we will compromise and give you something palatable.
Pour into a cocktail shaker, with ice cubes, the juice of 1/2 lime, 1 teaspoon sugar or 4 dashes grenadine, and 2 ounces tequila. Shake well and serve in cocktail glasses.
To summarize: In a cocktail shaker 3/4 full of ice, combine 1 jigger gin and ½ ounce each of sweet vermouth and green Chartreuse. Stir for about 20 seconds, adding more ice if the ice becomes submerged. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Mary Pickford Cocktail (known for her curls)
An old favorite with us. Take 2 ounces Gold Label rum, 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice, a dash of grenadine, and a dash of maraschino—these last to taste. Must be very cold to be good.