by Gaz Regan · Friday, March 9th, 2012 · gaz's Cocktail Book


“J. Pierpont Morgan’s Alamagoozlum: the Personal Mix Credited to that Financier, Philanthropist & Banker of a Bygone Era.”  The Gentleman’s Companion:  An Exotic Drinking Book by Baker, Charles H. Baker, Jr., 1946.

60 ml (2 oz) genever gin
60 ml (2 oz) water
45 ml (1.5 oz) Jamaican rum
45 ml (1.5 oz) yellow or green Chartreuse
45 ml (1.5 oz)simple syrup
15 ml (.5 oz) orange curaçao
15 ml (.5 oz) Angostura bitters
1/2 egg white

Shake hard over cracked ice and strain into a chilled champagne coupe.*

Make It Bounce Better In The Mouth

This from our friend Michael Quinion at

Weird Words: Alamagoozlum

It’s a wonderful word, one of the best of the exotics that came out of North America in the nineteenth century. It’s still to be found, though you’re likely to encounter it in the company of the Corpse Reviver, the Fogcutter, the Monkey Gland and the Widow’s Kiss.

The original alamagoozlum was maple syrup. The name may have been a blend of French-Canadian and American terms, since it’s conjectured it was created from “à la” (as in à la mode) and “goozlum”, with a “ma” thrown in to make it bounce better in the mouth. The goozlum or goozle was the throat, windpipe or Adam’s apple, possibly a variant form of “guzzle”.

The word was rarely recorded in the old days. The Bradford Era of Pennsylvania in 1888 did its best to confuse unwary etymologists by composing a ditty that included the lines, “From Alamagoozlum / To Kalamazoo, / We can bamboozle ’em!”

World Wide Words is copyright (c) Michael Quinion 2012. All rights reserved. The Words website is at .

*I’m well aware that the picture of the drink depicts it in a cocktail glass as opposed to a champagne coupe.  Fact is, that it’s not even a picture of an Alamagoozlum, but it looks pretty much like one and I thought it prettied the page up a little.

2 Responses to “Alamagoozlum”

  1. Fjalar says:

    We had this drink at the first Vesper menu in Amsterdam…..its a f***ing great drink!!



  2. Gaz Regan says:

    I think that just about says it all!

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