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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cocktail Hour on Baker Street

Yesterday a Sherlockian friend and his wife engaged in a bit of badinage on Facebook about the time of cocktail hour. This is never a problem at our house, where the antique clock outside the Sherlockian library is always set with the little hand on the 5 and the big hand on the 12.

Nevertheless, this did set me thinking. The great John Bennett Shaw famously said that the only thing necessary two start a Sherlockian society was two Sherlockians and a bottle – “and in a pinch, you can do without one of the Sherlockians.”

So what was cocktail hour like on Baker Street?

When I did an Internet search of “Sherlock Holmes themed cocktails,” I was amazed at how often the recipe above came up, under a number of different names. (This one came from the The More-I-Arty.) Since I can’t abide scotch, I’m not tempted to try it.  

Fortunately, the Baker Street duo also consumed beer, brandy, and Imperial Tokay. And wouldn’t Holmes in his disguise as Altamont, the Irish-American, have drunk either bourbon or Irish whiskey? I like to think so. 


  1. We took a look at the cocktail that helped with the publicity around "The Adventure of the Creeping Man," and included a number of cocktails named after some of the characters: http://www.ihearofsherlock.com/2011/02/wondrous-strength-giving-serum-cree_17.html

  2. Just saw this re-posted, and I have the opposite problem from Dan's. If the single malt whisky is good (and if it's not, why drink it?) it needs nothing except a few drops of water ("few" as defined by the drinker) and, for some Americans, some ice.

  3. Very interesting. Glad to find this interesting post here. I too want to host a birthday party for my dad and would need some affordable Chicago event venues. It will also be a cocktail party so I would prefer a rooftop venue.