Famous Drinks and the Cities They’re Named After
There’s nothing quite like a great drink to transport you to another time and place, or at least state of mind.
City namesake drinks tell a story about a place and sometimes a bit about the people who created them. A well-made drink, whether it’s a familiar old standby or something new to discover, can set the right mood and symbolize a time in history.[slideshow]
No matter where you are, namesake drinks are a reason to celebrate; and who knows, they might just put you in a New York, Singapore, or Chicago of mind. Here’s a list of city-named drinks that live up to their titles’ reputations.
There are many that say that the Chicago Fizz was a Chi-town invention and was considered a “Chicago import” at New York’s Waldorf Astoria pre-prohibition, but others say it was invited at the Waldorf itself. Sip and debate away, but wherever it was invented, you’re sure to love this cocktail, whose creaminess is a perfect antidote to cold, windy winter days.
According to the 1931 book Old Waldorf Days, the Bronx Cocktail was created around 1900 by a teetotaling bartender named Johnnie Solon who worked at the Men’s Bar at the Waldorf-Astoria in, yes, Manhattan. You can still order this refreshing citrusy martini at the historic, mahogany-paneled Bull and Bear Bar.