October 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

So my very dear friend Kate Milford has a book, The Boneshaker, coming out next March. Thanks to this, and a number of other obligations, she’s been out of town for almost a year. I’ve visited her in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, once or twice–notably a couple of weeks ago to attend a Friday Night Fights event during which her friend got knocked out in his first amateur bout. But we don’t talk about that. We talk about cocktails, because that’s how Kate and I basically met. Her book’s for kids, but I suspect a lot of us adults’ll read it, too, so I volunteered to hold a grown-up book signing here at Magothy Treats as soon as she’s able to make it back to Nagspeake after the book release. Obviously I want to have a signature cocktail for the event, since cocktails are kind of my thing (at least they become my thing after the shop closes and I start to need something to occupy myself until I fall asleep over whatever Aubrey/Maturin novel the stupid Book-Club-of-the-World is reading on any given week). I decided to create a potable which I would call a Velocipede, since the Boneshaker in Kate’s title is an antique bicycle. And since my next door neighbor can’t drink anything harder than Milk of Magnesia, I need a few testers, so without further ado, here’s attempt #1. Try it and let me know what you think.


  • 2 oz Stone’s Ginger
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Rouge
  • 1/2 oz applejack
  • 4 shakes Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well, strain, and garnish with orange peel and a bit of candied ginger.

Mix, drink, report your findings!

Posted in Recipes, Toddies