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Burra-Pegs in India means big pegs possibly meaning doubles.

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Paul P. Reuben

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum on behalf of Ian Strathcarron
Sent: Thu 2/16/2012 9:57 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Extinct American Cocktails in The Innocents Abroad
To jump ahead to 1896...he was enjoying Burra-Pegs in Indian clubs, referred to simply as 'pegs'. A peg in a private house in colonial India was whisky and soda, mixed to suit; in a club it became a Burra-Peg, cognac and champagne, at about 25:75, added to a sugar cube - with or without bitters.

At 7,000 feet in the Himalayas they clearly had a jolly effect on him:

Ian Strathcarron

On 17 Feb 2012, at 02:48, Harris, Susan Kumin wrote:

> OK, guys--and I mean GUYS--it's amazing how male this conversation is--try =
> looking at some 19th-c cookbooks rather than bartender guides.  I'm not hom=
> e right now--if I was I'd delve into my grandmother's late 19th-c British c=
> ookbook, which has recipes for everything, including drinks (not to speak o=
> f a section on "Colonial Cookery" and how Englishwomen can keep their sanit=
> y in the colonies...).  Even my mother's 1930s cookbook  (subtitled "The wa=
> y to a Man's Heart") had recipes for cocktails.  So I suggest you are looki=
> ng in the wrong data base.
> And Hal, I'm mulling the Autobio question--my sense is that a whole lot of =
> people bought it but not many have made it through.  I try to chat about no=
> n-linear reading when I'm talking to audiences--the point being that since =
> Twain didn't feel it necessary to follow a chronological line in writing, w=
> e shouldn't feel obliged to engage a linear process of reading.  If one cha=
> pter bores you, move on.  But I haven't really asked people directly how th=
> ey engage the text.  I think it's a really interesting question. =20
> And for me, the best thing about the Autobio is its online edition, b/c it'=
> s searchable.  Best,  --s =20
> Susan K. Harris
> Hall Professor of American Literature
> University of Kansas
> Author of God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902
> ________________________________________
> From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Robert E Stewart [RS=
> [log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:12 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Extinct American Cocktails in The Innocents Abroad
> To throw in a bit of bartender lore, when you juice the lime, try to let
> the juice sit for an hour. It develops flavor that it lacks when first
> squeezed.
> An old Spanish toast: Salud-Pesos-y Tiempo Para Gasparlas--health, wealth,
> and time to spend it.
> Enjoy
> Bob Stewart
> long-retired bartender when in grad school
> In a message dated 2/16/2012 3:41:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> I was  actually in KU's rare books library when I saw Bruce's post.  I had
> '=3D
> em pull Anderson Fredericks's "100 Cocktails : How to Make Them and What
> to=3D
> Eat with Them," from 1931.  It lists "The Eye Opener" with these  ingredien=
> =3D
> ts:
> 1 part Gin
> 1 part Rye Whisky
> 1 part  Bacardi
> Juice of 1 Lime
> Dash of Grenadine
> (Ouch!  The  version John found sounds more sophisticated.)  Hoping to find
> =3D
> a few  more books if time permits.
> Nathaniel Williams
> Postdoctoral Teaching  Fellow
> University of  Kansas
> ________________________________________
> From: Mark Twain  Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of John Bird
> [birdj1@PE=3D
> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:25 PM
> To:  [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Extinct American Cocktails in The Innocents  Abroad
> At last! Now we are getting to the REAL stuff! =3D3D20
> I  found a couple in The Bartender's Standard Manual, by Fred  Powell:
> Eyeopener
> 1 jigger light rum
> 2 dashes Cr=3D3DE8me de  Noyau
> 2 dashes Curacao
> 2 dashes Pernod
> 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
> 1  egg yolk
> [even though it is mid-afternoon here, I mixed one of these,  purely for
> scholarly purposes, and I can attest that my eyes are indeed  wide open]
> Earthquake Cocktail
> 1 jigger whiskey
> 1 jigger  gin
> 1 jigger Anesone or Abisante
> Shake with ice and  strain.
> [Unfortunately, I have no Anesone or Abisante, and indeed do  not know =3D3=
> D
> what
> they are. But I do have whiskey and gin and ice, so,  purely for =3D3D
> scholarly
> purposes, I will now give this one a test and  see what the Richter scale
> says.]
> Stone Fence No. 1
> 2 jiggers  Appplejack
> 1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters
> Place in tall glass with  ice and fill with cider.
> [No mention of a Stone Fence No. 2. I suppose  #1 will suffice.]
> In a graduate Twain seminar a couple of years ago, a  student brought in =
> =3D3D
> a
> drink mentioned in one of the texts that we all  tried. It may have been =
> =3D3D
> an
> Earthquake, or maybe another. I will  check with her--we may have another =
> =3D
> =3D3D
> one
> to try. For scholarly  purposes, of course. I also have a really old bar =
> =3D3D
> book
> somewhere  that may be of help.
> John Bird
> -----Original  Message-----
> From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of  Michelson,
> Bruce F
> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:31 PM
> To:  [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Extinct American Cocktails in The Innocents  Abroad
> Because MT students and scholars sometimes wonder about such  things, we =
> =3D3D
> are=3D3D3D
> looking for recipes for cocktails that Mark  Twain and "the boys" demand =
> =3D
> =3D3D
> fr=3D3D3D
> om a puzzled Parisian  barkeeper early in The Innocents Abroad:
> "Give us a brandy  smash!"
> The Frenchman began to back away, suspicious of the ominous vigor  of the =
> =3D
> =3D3D
> la=3D3D3D
> st order ....
> The General followed him up  and gained a complete victory. The =3D3D
> uneducated f=3D3D3D
> oreigner could  not even furnish a Santa Cruz Punch, and Eye-Opener, a  =3D=
> 3D
> Stone=3D3D3D
> -Fence, or an Earthquake.
> --
> So we need  authentic 19th century recipes for the following, and we =3D3D
> don't  s=3D3D3D
> ee them in the cookbooks on the kitchen shelf, or the blogs for Mad  Men:
> Brandy Smash
> Santa Cruz  Punch
> Eye-Opener
> Stone-Fence
> Earthquake
> Help on any of these  mysteries will be appreciated.
> Best regards,
> Bruce  Michelson
> University of  Illinois=3D=