Happy late Fourth of July, everyone! This week we have a themed cocktail from a book called The Merry Mixer that was published in 1940.

Here is July Kraker!


July Kraker
Author: The Merry Mixer, 1940
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • 1/2 Lemon juice
  • 2/3 whiskey
  • 1/3 creme de cacao
  • Dry Champagne
  1. Shake well with cracked ice.
  2. Strain into highball glass.
  3. Fill up with dry champagne.



Now, this one is a little crazy.  I think Tom mostly picked it out because of the name, but right from the beginning I had my doubts. Lemon, grenadine and crème de cacao?



But, this being Mid-Century Menu, we forged ahead! The finished drink actually smelled quite good, which raised our hopes slightly.

Tom TastingIMG_2326

Only to have them dashed again.


“Yeah, that’s what I thought you would say.”

The Verdict: Harsh

From the Tasting Notes:

Didn’t come together quite right. I did not enjoy the fruit flavors of the grenadine and lemon with the crème de cacao. It actually had a nice aroma, but it just wasn’t very good.