The Average Dude

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 · Quotes

“The latest drink, and the one that is all the rage in Saratoga, is the ‘Philadelphia cooler.’ It was first made by bartender A. D. Kibbe, who has mixed beverages at the United States for fourteen years; but it can be got at either of the three other first- class bars. As it is made of champagne, and costs something like a dollar a drink, it fitly represents the two main characteristics of the season—champagne drinking and extravagant pleasures. There never was so much money on tap at Saratoga as at present, and the interest taken in champagne by the drinkers is phenomenal. With the King of the Dudes backing one brand, Monsieur I,ippa treating to another, and a private individual rushing his favorite simply because he believes it better than any other and does not want the fact overlooked, there has been enough wine drank to float a ship. The drink called the ‘cooler’ is prepared by half- filling two big glasses with cracked ice, putting in a little mint and two lumps of sugar, pour half -a pint of champagne on top, and squeezing the mint with a crusher or mixer until its essence pervades the champagne. After a night spent in drinking coolers the average dude can find his way to bed—if one of the porters steers him correctly.”  The Steward’s Handbook and Guide to Party Catering by Jessup Whitehead.   Published by J. Whitehead & Co., 1903.

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