Today, the first database update in a while for Martin’s Index dropped. The main attraction is twenty three more recipes from New Orleans’ Stanley Clisby Arthur (Famous New Orleans Drinks & How to Mix ’em, 1937). Some rather important drinks in there, such as the Vieux Carré, Suissesse, Stirrup Cup, Rum Rummer, Roffignac, Old Hickory, Jean Laffite, Green Opal, Cocktail à la Louisiane and Ambrosia. In all respects, a standout book. Also included in this update is lots of cleanup work.
I’ll confess I’m floundering a little with the 1930s. As I’ve complained before, there‘s a huge volume of material and very little of it is particularly good. Most recently, after much massaging of my temples, I find I’m not currently inclined to include anything from Crockett’s The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, since everything of note appears to be already covered by either Crockett’s own, earlier Old Waldorf Bar Days or other sources (particularly the Cuban ones). If I’ve overlooked some gems, dear customer, please do not hesitate to let me know!
In other news, gaz regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails continues to expand with fairly regular updates.