Imbibing Mr. Boston: Bull and Bear Cocktail

photoThere’s a bar behind the name of this cocktail, although I can’t trace the origin of the drink.  The Waldorf Astoria website has this to say about the Bull and Bear however:

“In the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.

When The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men’s Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men’s Bar. Manhattan’s financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men’s Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men’s Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it “The Bull and Bear.” Over time, so many deals were struck “at the Bull and Bear” where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title.”

But, what of the drink itself?  Well, it’s a classic whiskey sour styled cocktail, but as printed in the Mr. Boston guide, quite out of proportion and with an incorrect ingredient.  The original recipe calls for lime juice, not lemon.  Lemon juice is more acidic and therefore more sour than lime juice, and the correct amount of lime is 0.75oz.  So, if you do decide to make this with lemon juice, use 0.5oz instead of 1oz.

I happened to be out of oranges, so I used a citrus themed cocktail pick as my “half-wheel”.

Bull and Bear
1.5oz bourbon
0.75oz curacao
1oz lemon juice
0.25oz grenadine
Garnish: maraschino cherry, orange half-wheel

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with cherry and orange.

The Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Bar



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