Hurricane (1932), Boilermaker (1937), and Rochester restaurants (1958)

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by Curt Gerling
Webster, NY: Plaza Publishers

   The other Rochester post ran too long to combine them.
   The last long chapter (pages 201-236) on Rochester restaurants was a
surprising find here; no earth-shattering culinary gems, though.
   The information here on the Hurricane Cocktail (Pg. 167) is probably
incorrect.  New Orleans takes credit for it.
   This book has lots of interesting tidbits and slang.

Pg. 57:  Ladies must wear leotards, white gloves and lollypop pants (two
pair).  The "lollies" must matche the lining of the skater's short skirt.
   (16 Google hits for "lollipop pants"--ed.)

Pg. 66:  We do not subscribe to the theory of "keep 'em pregnant and keep 'em
barefooted"--largely because it's much too late.
   (See "barefoot and pregnant" in old ADS-L archives, courtesy of poster
Danny Long--ed.)

Pg. 122:  He doesn't know it's "smart money" or that the affair is a "boat
race" (fixed race).
   (The HDAS has "boat race" from 1917--ed.)

Pg. 157:  To the average drinking citizen of the day it was highly (Pg.
158--ed.) acceptable, but for chemical reasons, to date unrevealed, frequently
induced the "tropical two-step."  Customers invested as much money in pay toilets
as they did in the beverage.
   (This was caused by "near beer."  "Aztec two-step" is in HDAS from 1953.
Will the next volume have "tropical" two-step?--ed.)

Pg. 166:  Mr. Zeller spent some years then withg Fred Odenbach (Pg. 167--ed.)
and sold Fred the idea of installing a classy bar in the Peacock room, a big
restaurant with a Schrafft-like atmosphere and menu.  Despite Mr. Odenbach's
fears, the bar was well received by men and women alike.  Here, so legend goes,
was the birthplace of the Hurricane Cocktail--a frothy rum drink with
pineapple juice and sundry other ingredients, which was frappeed to a frazzle and
served in a deep dish champagne glass.
   (A "Hurricane" from Rochester, New York??--ed.)

Pg. 170:  Tom (O'Brien--ed.) may have been the guy who originated the
phrase--"Hell--it's ONLY money."  We guess he meant it.

Pg. 174:  Late working newspapermen usually took "supper" (breakfast) there
before retiring.  Usually the breakfast was drunk in the form of a half dozen
"boiler-makers," while the proprietor and the Fourth Estaters discussed
unpublicized events considered too startling for printed revelation.
   (The HDAS has "boilermaker" from 1934 or 1941--ed.)

Pg. 201:  _Where to Go_

Pg. 222:  Its first few names have been lost to the memory of most but a few
recall that it was once "Punk" Rowes' Blarney Stone Inn and "Punk" introduced
"Chicken-in-the-rough" to upstate provinces.

Pg. 224:  They feature "chicken in the basket" and steaks, although (Pg.
225--ed.) the menu is longer than a giraffe''s neck.


   Some "boilermakers" or "boiler makers" from the ProQuest and Ancestry

       By THORPE W. DEAKERS.       New York Times  (1857-Current file).
New York, N.Y.: Sep 20, 1936.                p. X3 (1 page):
   ...add some P. T. Barnum hocus-pocus, free sandwiches, pretzels, beer and
a couple of "boilermakers" on the side...

   7 January 1937, HELENA INDEPENDENT (Helena, Montana), pg. 4, col. 2:
   The "boiler maker" is increasing in popularity.  It might be explained
that a boiler maker is a good big shot of whiskey with a beer chaser.

       BOB RAY.       Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File).       Los
Angeles, Calif.: Jan 25, 1939.                   p. A11 (1 page):
   A boilermaker, you know, is a straight slug of redeye with a beer chaser.

   26 January 1948, NASHUA TELEGRAPH (Nashua, New Hampshire), pg. 7, col. 2:
   The man who stood next to the girl at the bar looked up from his
boilermaker--straight rye with a beer chaser.


   Not really a "hurricane cocktail," but it has that name.

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              New York Times  (1857-Current file).       New York, N.Y.: Mar
7, 1932.                   p. 13 (1 page):
   ...try a hurricane cocktail, one part gin, 16 parts tomato juice,4 1/2
parts gin, 3/4 part clam juice and season to taste with gin, and you'll never
know there was a depression.
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