Bloody Mary, B&B at "21" Club

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Tue Aug 24 06:23:58 UTC 1999

     This continues a series of postings on drink etymologies that includes
"cocktail," "martini," "Tom Collins," "rickey," "Manhattan," "Bronx
cocktail," "Long Island iced tea," and "sex on the beach."
     These various lexical items are from "21," EVERY DAY WAS NEW YEAR'S EVE:
MEMOIRS OF A SALOON KEEPER (1999) by H. Peter Kriendler with H. Paul Jeffers.

Pg. 8:  Serving as cashier under this new management was a man with dreams of
becoming a newspaperman but with no inkling that he would go on to give New
York the nickname "Naked City," produce movies, and have a Broadway theater
named for him--Mark Hellinger.

Pg. 9:  The booze was sold in dollar-an-ounce flasks that were kept in coat
pockets until it was necessary to fill a teacup.  Such drinking spots were
soon known as "cup joints."  (Not in RHHDAS--ed.)

Pg. 112:  Arguably the most famous drink credited as having been invented at
the club is the Bloody Mary.  Almost as famous is the combination of brandy
and Benedictine known as "B&B."  Others with "21" birth certificates are the
Ramos Gin Fizz and the Southside.

Pg. 209:  Because "21" was always regarded as a men's club, popular
illustrators added to that perception by contributing work such as these to
the club's walls.  Dean Cornwell's drawing of the woman in the chair was
captioned, "But I don't want to see your etchings!  I want to go to '21'."
(Date?  1936?--ed.)

Pg. 228:  They form the backdrop for Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen in
their luncheon scene in the movie _Wall Street_ as they sit at table 3,
Charlie Sheen confronted with uncooked steak tartare as Douglas's character,
Gordon Gekko, eats nothing.
     "Lunch," Gekko cynically declares, "is for wimps."

Pg. 245:  The symbol of the third era of '21', which would continue for the
remainder of the century and toward the third millennium, was the "power
lunch."  Assessing the phenomenon in an (Pg. 246--ed.) article entitled "The
Power of '21'" that appeared in the October 5, 1981, issue of _New York_
magazine, reporter Richard West judged '21' "the most powerful and famous
restaurant in the country, a place of refuge and glory for the rich, the
influential, the celebrated."

Pg. 247:  "...sipping $3 ginger ales and more costly Bloody Marys mixed by
silver-haired Henry Zbikiewicz, bartender since 1939 (his only job)."

     The back flap has: "A '21' bartender created the Bloody Mary cocktail."
     See the ADS-L archives for "speakeasy."

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