Sin City’s Cocktail Cures and the Iberville Street Cocktail

When you think of Sin City, you think of big nights out hitting the restaurants, bars, nightclubs and casinos—and there’s a good reason for that! Las Vegas is the party and gambling capital of the world and, as such, is renowned for a certain style all of its own.

While cooking or specific foods may not be immediately associated with Vegas—no one goes there specifically for the food, although there are many top class restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine—one thing everyone does on the Strip is have a drink.

When they are too much immersed in the addicting gambling game, very little attention is given to the details of food they eat. However, the same is not the case for drinks. These specially made drinks serve as energy syrups during the electrifying game and have become almost like a trademark of the casinos in the region.

Yep, we’re talking about ‘cooking’ up some Vegas style cocktails! Now that’s the kind of cooking we want and, what’s more, with Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, you can whip up a cocktail not only to get yourself in the party mood, but also to make you feel better the morning after.

Apothecary Cocktails Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today

Old Fashioned Cocktail Cures

As Warren Bobrow, cocktail master extraordinaire, tells us in the book, back at the start of the 20th century, it was completely commonplace for American and European pharmacies to knock up their own cures—and they almost always included alcohol.

Whereas we think of a cocktail as something to get the party started, the chemists back in the day thought of them more to just help people get through the day. Whether people were looking for something to help with indigestion or sleeping problems, there was a tincture for it.

The Deep Healer Cocktail

This book shows you how to make them at home—that way the morning after the night before at the casino won’t seem so bad. All you need to do is crack open the book, find the remedy for whatever ails you (headache, nausea) and imbibe the cocktail while playing online at—the fun doesn’t have to stop just because you’re hungover!

Old Recipes Become Hip

New York’s Apotheke bar, the Apo Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia, and Tacoma’s 1022 South have all been behind the resurgence of interest in old fashioned cocktails and ingredients. Everything vintage is in these days, after all, and the coolest people from coast to coast are giving these recipes a bash.

The book shows you 75 original and new recipes for medical cocktails, including ingredients that were extremely popular in Victorian times—including Chartreuse, Vermouth, and Peychaud’s Bitters. When you find your favorite drink and perfect it at home, you should be able to get most well stocked bars to make it for you as well.

Image credit: Cowfish/Wikipedia

It’ll be like having a medical cabinet full of cures at your disposal—but much, much more fun!

The Iberville Street Cocktail
Excerpted from Apothecary Cocktails by Warren Bobrow

The Iberville Street Cocktail, a tasty variation on the Sazerac theme, would have been just as effective as the Sazerac against tummy troubles—mostly due to the generous use of those healing Peychaud’s bitters, which coat the inside of the stomach. French-born pharmacist Antoine Peychaud developed his recipe for bitters in 1830—long before safe food-handling practices became de rigueur—to relieve stomach illnesses of the era. His soothing recipe contained anise, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with copious amounts of brandy.

For a time, Peychaud’s combination of herbs, spices, and alcohol were available only in pharmacies, and were even meant to ease the symptoms of more serious diseases, such as dysentery and ulcers. Today, luckily, you don’t need a prescription to make an Iberville, which includes absinthe, brandy for tension relief, and grapefruit juice for a hit of healing citrus.

2 ounces (60 ml) Lillet Blanc
1 ounce (30 ml) brandy
4-5 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
4 ounces (120 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1⁄2 ounce (15 ml) absinthe
Large piece of lemon peel
1 orange zest twist

Add a couple handfuls of ice to a Boston shaker; then add the Lillet Blanc, brandy, bitters, and grapefruit juice, and shake well for twenty seconds. Wash a short rocks glass with the absinthe by pouring the absinthe into the glass, swirling it around, and pouring it out. Rub the inside of the washed glass thoroughly with the lemon peel. Strain the stomach-healing mixture into the glass, and garnish with a flamed orange zest twist (hold the orange twist firmly behind a lit match, and pinch it to release its natural citrus oils). Sip slowly
for quick relief of uneasy stomachs.