Several months ago, I picked up a very vintage bartender’s guide, Trader Vic, published in 1948. You can read about it HERE.
A couple of weeks ago, my beau and I wanted to try a vintage cocktail, I was in the mood for crème de menthe, and voila! There was something called a Bustanoby Cocktail.
A little research outside the bartender’s guide revealed there was a restaurant in New York City years ago. Perhaps this cocktail originated or was named for Bustanoby’s Restaurant at 148 East 556th Street, New York City. I don’t know for sure; research revealed little to nothing, except I found one of their menus from who knows when? The drink menu page offers a Bustanoby’s Fizz, but that’s not the drink I’m sharing today. Here’s what the drink menu page from the restaurant looks like. Wow! Those prices!
Now back to the Bustanoby Cocktail. This is the recipe from the 1948 Trader Vic’s bartender guide:
And this is what it looks like in real life:
It’s an interesting cocktail. The orange juice tones down the rock ‘em sock ‘em crème de menthe; it’s barely perceptible in the background as you sip it. We like this vintage cocktail for its uncommon and subtle minty taste.
And since it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, why not try something different that the ho-hum been-there-done-that green beer?
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