Overegging the Manhattan

7 Nov

Persons who patronize bars are familiar with the pretensions of inexperienced mixers of drinks when called upon to prepare a concoction with which they are familiar.

When Ralph Stuart of the “Wallingford” company toured the western cities, he strolled into a California bar, where a new bartender was making his debut.

“What’ll you have?” asked the N.B., with the assurance of one of long years in the business.

“Manhattan cocktail,” replied the actor, short and distinctly.

The affable purveyor of mixed liquids started and looked at the patron with a puzzled air. “I am sorry,” he said, after some hesitation and with veteran calmness and suavity, “but I cannot make you a Manhattan cocktail. I haven’t an egg in the house.”

— “No Egg, New Barkeep Couldn’t Mix Cocktail”, Chicago Daily Tribune (3 September 1911), p. B2.

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