1939 The Gentleman's Companion volume II Beeing an Exotic Drinking Book


birds. Gosling Brothers brought out the liquid necessaries to our little hotel, and here are the proportions. Mix the following in a bar glass: 4 small dices of ripe pineapple, the juice of I small green lime, r tsp grenadine, I tsp of sweet pineapple soda fountain syrup, add rYz jig– gers Barbados, Demerara, or Martinique rum, Yz jigger white Ba– cardi. Stir with a lump of ice and either strain out as-is, or better still -as we found-turn into a small goblet half filled with cracked ice. The pineapple syrup gives the touch, and grenadine may be omitted, to taste. We find the pineapple much more important as a sweetening agent, and there is no conflict of delicate tastes. FIVE DELICIOUS CHAMPAGNE OPPORTUNITIES, which A.RE not to be IGNORED CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL No. I, KNo~ as the MAHARAJAH's BURRA-PEG The word Burra in Hindustani means "big," "important," or "big– time," as the case might be; and "peg" throughout Britaindom means a "drink"-more often than not a Scotch-and-soda. This particular champagne affair was broken out on the eve of our departure alone across India, after a month witl1 Spofford in his big Calcutta bungalow show in the fashionable Ballygunge section down Chowringhee, be– yond Lower Circular Road. This Burra-Peg is to the ordinary Cham– pagne Cocktail what Helen of Troy was to a local shepherd maiden. . . . We got aboard the Bombay Mail with our tail between our legs and lunged across Central India, and later on found ourself in Jaipur -already mentioned in Melon, Orientale, Volume I. And here in this amazing town in Rajputana, with its modern government and 120 ft. wide streets, where tigers are protected so the Maharajah may shoot without fatiguing travel much beyond city limits, where we found Ambar-lndia's most marvellous deserted city-and got mixed up in the yearly Festival of the Sun, starting from the Gulta Pass, and with more elephants, fakirs and jugglers than a three ringed circus; here we found probably the lonesomest Standard Oil man we'd ever seen.

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