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Ford (Near Miss)


Assassins cocktail #8, after Sara Jane Moore, attempted assassin of President Gerald Ford. A Ford cocktail variation, with Old Monk rum substituted for the Old Tom gin providing a somewhat misplaced funkiness, and also making it, fittingly, a cousin of the El Presidente.

Ford (Near Miss)

  • 1.0 oz. Old Monk rum
  • 1.0 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Benedictine
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass.
Garnish with orange peel.

Red Robe


Assassins cocktail #7, after Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, attempted assassin of President Gerald Ford. A red hue, a little tart, with a focus on “herbal” ingredients.

Red Robe

  • 2.0 oz. London Dry Gin
  • 1.0 oz. Hibiscus liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Andean Fire Orchid Elixir (or grenadine)
  • 0.25 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Muddle elixir and bitters with rosemary.
Add other ingredients, shake with ice and double strain into cocktail glass.
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Beer in the Headlights


Assassins cocktail #6, after Sam Byck, attempted assassin of President Richard Nixon. This Bud’s for you, in a spicier, bitter Boilermaker.

Beer in the Headlights

  • 2.0 oz. Budwieser, stirred to release carbonation
  • 1.0 oz. Blended Scotch
  • 1.0 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 1 dash Boston Bittahs

Shake with ice and pour into old fashioned glass.
Grate fresh ginger on top.



Assassins cocktail #5, after Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy. What starts as a New Orleans Sazerac gets twisted with Russian vodka over American apple pie.


  • 2.0 oz. Sazerac Rye
  • 1.0 oz. Russian Vodka
  • 1.0 oz. Apple Cider
  • 0.5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Fire Belly


Assassins cocktail #4, after Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of President Elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A truly spicy margarita variant, served in a SHORT glass, of course.

Fire Belly

  • 2.0 oz. Habanero-infused Silver Tequila
  • 1.0 oz. Limoncello
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz. cinnamon syrup

Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.
Add two dashes of lemon bitters and fresh pepper.

The Head of the Line


Assassins cocktail #3, after Leon Czolgosz, assassin of President William McKinley. A deceptive cocktail, vodka wrapped around the hidden absinthe, with sour notes introduced by the garnish.

The Head of the Line

  • 2.0 oz. Vodka
  • 1.0 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • 1 barspoon Absinthe

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Serve with lemon twist.

The French Ambassador


Assassins cocktail #2, after Charles Guiteau, assassin of President James Garfield. A French 75 variation, with American sparkling wine instead of French champagne, and a little nuttiness added.

The French Ambassador

  • 2.0 oz. London Dry Gin
  • 1.0 oz. Amaretto
  • 1.0 oz. orange juice
  • 3.0 oz. sparkling wine

Shake all but wine with ice, strain into highball with ice, top with wine.

Vainglorious Actor


Assassins cocktail #1, after John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Boozy and bitter, trying to be a mint julep but a little fake.

The Vainglorious Actor

  • 1.5 oz. Rye
  • 1.0 oz. Applejack
  • 0.5 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • 0.25 oz. Aperol
  • 1 barspoon mint simple syrup

Stir with ice, strain into old fashioned over ice.
Garnish with mint.



For a production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Vokes Players in Wayland, MA, I created a poll online to see what drink should be made. Moonfall won, thus:


  • 1.5 oz. Midnight Moon Moonshine
  • 0.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 0.25 oz. Benedictine
  • 0.25 oz. Ruby port
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes acid phosphate

Mix all but the port with ice. Add the port over a barspoon so it sits at the bottom of the glass. Add mesquite smoke to glass and cover (preferably with an ice sphere). Let sit for a few minutes, then remove ice and stir drink.


One last trip on the carousel. Here’s one named for a hashtag coined by our incomparable director/choreographer Rachel Bertone for our production, and one that is also all too fitting for an alcoholic consumption.



  • 1.5 oz. silver tequila
  • 0.75 oz. Pama liqueur
  • 0.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 0.25-0.5 oz. creme de cacao (Tempus Fugit)
  • 2 dashes mole bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe.

There’s no thematic tie-in here. It’s just flavors we liked to drink. And we did. And we all had a real good time.