A Peculiarly Cosmopolitan Patronage
“If you want a bad cocktail it may be had at Kansas City. It retains the frontier fierceness. It is made up like a real estate boom foaming with enthusiasm, or a prairie blizzard foul with the dust it makes. St. Louis cocktails are gloomy. They use a kind of stem glass there, a small saucer on a crystal stick that is very objectionable. The Chicago cocktail requires watching and is, well, sloppy. New Orleans is a very foreign city and nothing is more foreign to it than a good cocktail. You have to get as far north in the Mississippi as Cincinnati to get a good one. As I have said, Washington excels in the matter of cocktails, but here they have a peculiarly cosmopolitan patronage. The Philadelphia product is quiet and genial and next to Washington in excellence. Boston does not drink many cocktails, but they seem to be carefully compounded. They do little to advance the interests of the Empire in Boston. Without attempting any nice distinction, the New York article is likely to trip its victim up.” N. Y. Sun. The United Service, Lewis R. Hamersly & Co., 1902.