“A bandage for the head in the morning would not be out of place.”
Given my soft spot for unusual cookbooks, diaries, and science, I was delighted to discover a vintage cocktail recipe by pioneering zoologist and explorer Paul Bartsch (August 14, 1871–April 24, 1960), who made seminal contributions to the classification of mollusks — the perfect toast to his birthday. The concoction, which I chanced upon in The Smithsonian’s public domain archives, comes from a journal entry dated May 15, 1914, written while Bartsch was aboard the Thomas Barrera Cuban Expedition — something the specificity of the ingredients makes a point to honor:
1 ½ glass of Agua diente
1 ½ glass Hector Cubana (Chapparra M. negreira Sen. C Habana)
½ glass Italian Vermouth
½ glass Dry Gordon Gin
2 glasses Water
Sugar to taste
Pinch of lemon peel
Shake with ice, and, like my beverage, consume with a receptive mind, to say nothing about the tummy.
But Bartsch’s morning-after cautionary suggestion, presented with a scientist’s typical wry humor, is the best part:
It may be added here that a bandage for the head in the morning would not be out of place, and an ice cap comes in mighty handy.