It has been the week of the bad back. Painkillers haven’t touched it. Alternation of the application of a frozen slab of parsnip soup with a hot water bottle has had no impact. The only thing that helps with the constant pain is BOOZE. Luckily there is a new house cocktail – Astor’s Painless Anaesthetic – entirely appropriate don’t you think?
I have a new osteopath. I like her very much. My main takeaway from my first visit regarding back care over the next few days was her saying this: “Alcohol, yes. Housework, no.” Bring on the Painless Anaesthetics!
Mary Astor’s Astor Painless Anaesthetic – from the Stork Club Bar Book (1946)
3 oz gin
1 oz French vermouth
1 oz Italian vermouth
1 oz cognac
Shake well with ice cubes and dash of orange bitters, twist of lemon peel and just a touch of sugar.
I bought my lovely Bitter Union bitters from my much loved Prohibition Wines in Muswell Hill. We had a long chat about movie star cocktails and Mr and Mrs Prohibition are going to design a cocktail specially for Silver Screen Suppers. It will be called the Gloria Swanson Swansong. Can’t wait!
MAN THE ASTOR PAINLESS ANAESTHETICS DO THE TRICK! I would say those proportions are for one person in a lot of pain, or for two pain-free folks who just fancy a nice refresher. Thanks Mary!
From the spine of the book: “Indexed and packaged to bemuse the palate and alarm the senses, The Stork Club Bar Book (in its peculiar way) belongs with the pharmacopoeia. It’s purely medicinal.”
What shall I have next?! I am drawn towards the Binnie Barnes Schnorkel – just for the name…