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Wines, Of Course Merely Smile

by Nannette Eaton on March 13, 2013

“The way to drink a cocktail is quickly, while it’s still laughing at you. Wines, of course, merely smile.” — Harry Craddock

The way to drink a cocktail is quickly, while it's still laughing at you. Wines, of course, merely smile. -- Harry Craddock

Wine Harlots first heard this iconic quote from the incomparable Derek Brown of Washington D.C.’s renowned bars The Passenger, Columbia Room and soon, the eagerly awaited Mockingbird Hill, a sherry and jamón joint, who name harkens from a lyric in the legendary punk-band the Clash’s song Spanish Bombs. A rebel aesthetic, tapas and sherry? The Wine Harlot will be lining up to be first at Mockingbird Hill.

The Wikipedia entry states, “Harry Craddock was a United States citizen who left during Prohibition and joined the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1920. Craddock was one of the most famous cocktail barmen of the 1920s and 1930s. Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” was published in 1930, and is still in print today. Craddock invented a number of classic cocktails, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2 and possibly including the White Lady, and popularised the Dry Martini.”

The chalkboard drawing is courtesy of Best Waitress.