'Tis the season to be jolly, furry, scaly, feathery and fluffy so lift your mugs, pet your pugs and toast the holidays with these 10 classic cocktails named after animals.
1) Hair of the Dog
No, dog hair is NOT an effective morning-after remedy but drink enough Hair of the Dog cocktails and you WILL get a b*tch of a hangover. It's the circle of drunk life. Our featured Hair of the Dog cocktail calls for 6 oz gin, ½ oz lemon juice, a dash or two of Tabasco sauce and a chili pepper garnish. Here's lookin' at you, kitten.
Fun fact: the term “hair of the dog” derives from an old Scottish folk cure for rabies that involved applying some “hair of the dog that bit you” to the wound. Sounds legit... also sounds like the old Scottish folks who came up with that “treatment” likely did so after imbibing a few old Scotch's. (images via The Spruce Eats above and Les Chatfield at top)
2) Black Cow
“Drink your big Black Cow and get outta here,” sez Steely Dan... and be sure to call a cab if the Black Cow was like, really big. The image above does NOT depict a classic Black Cow but we do like this image of a Thirsty Cow so we used that instead.
For a Black Cow on steroids (without using actual steroids), check out the Boozy Bourbon Black Cow. This recipe from Mr. Kitchen Magpie lists root beer, evaporated milk, bourbon, ice and some chocolate sauce drizzled on top. Mmmooo! (image via Brian Teutsch)
3) Moscow Mule
New hotness: Moscow Mitch. Old coolness: Moscow Mule... and only one of those (to our knowledge) is alcoholic. This chilly cocktail was invented in Manhattan, not Murmansk, though its main ingredients are vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.
Truly authentic Moscow Mule cocktails are served in copper mugs though it's not recommended. Reason being, its possible for the acidic lime juice to leach copper from the mug and, eventually, cause copper toxicity issues. Just our two cents worth. (image via Elizabeth Chamberlain)
4) Horse's Neck
The Horse's Neck is a once-popular cocktail dating back to the late 19th century. It was originally non-alcoholic but morphed into a “Horse's Neck with a Kick” by the 1910s.
The name derives from a long thin spiral of lemon peel bartenders hook over the rim of an old-fashioned or highball glass. To make a thoroughly thoroughbred Horse's Neck you'll need ginger ale, brandy, ice and a dash of Angostura Bitters... and don't forget the signature lemon peel. That's about it, straight from the horse's mouth to yours. (image via stirwise)
5) Pink Squirrel
It's a little bit nutty... but in a good way, not an Austin Powers way. The iconic Pink Squirrel cocktail was born at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI but its first iteration was as an ice cream drink. No surprise, really, as Wisconsin is America's Dairyland.
These days, most Pink Squirrels skip the ice cream in favor of 1 oz crème de noyaux, 1 oz crème de cacao, and 1 oz heavy cream. Be sure to shake the crème de noyaux before pouring, as trace amounts of Cyanide can float to the top of a long-sitting bottle... not exactly the kind of hit you want from your drink. (image via Noelle Chun)
6) Salty Dog
You don't have to play Procol Harum while drinking a Salty Dog, though your appreciation for their classic rock album might well grow as one becomes “progressively” more inebriated.
Salty Dog cocktails are about as easy to make as they are to drink: mix gin or vodka with grapefruit juice and drink out of a salt-rimmed highball glass. On a sodium-restricted diet? No worries, you can still get your dog on since a Salty Dog sans the salted glass rim is known as a Greyhound. (image via Memphis CVB)
We had an aunt who liked Grasshoppers (or so the fable goes), and she's not alone. This delicious dessert-style cocktail exudes the delightfully decadent taste and aroma of chocolate mint. Combining crème de menthe and creme de cacao tends to do that.
The Grasshopper was invented in a bar in New Orleans' French Quarter back in 1918, though it owes its name more to green grass than to hopper. Re the latter, premixed versions may contain Locust Bean gum but do not, thankfully, contain actual locusts or parts thereof. (image via Nicole B.)
Now don't get rattled, this Snakebite isn't harmful... in moderation, at least. The traditional “beer cocktail” is made with equal portions of lager beer and apple cider, with American versions sometimes subbing-in stout (dark beer) and a dash of blackcurrant cordial for color.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton once tried to order a Snakebite while visiting a British pub, but was refused after being told – incorrectly, as it turned out – that serving such a mixed drink was against the law. Reports the pub's manager was impeached later can't be confirmed. (image via Pattie)
9) Monkey Gland
Now here's a drink with a weird name... and an even weirder backstory. The Monkey Gland cocktail was created during the Roaring Twenties at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The ingredients include gin, orange juice, absinthe, and grenadine syrup.
The name refers to a bizarre (and discredited) theory promulgated by Serge Voronoff (1866-1951), a Russian physician living in France. Voronoff's pseudo-scientific “research” posited that the human lifespan could be extended by grafting monkey testicle tissue (aka monkey glands) into patients' bodies. To Voronoffs credit, making that claim takes balls. (image via thefuturistics)
10) Brave Bull
What happens when a Black Russian takes a Mexican vacation? Brave Bull happens, that's what. Amazing how two such similar drinks – simply sub tequila for vodka – evoking two very different nations still lead to a common destination: hangover country!
Are you brave enough to mess with the bull? Mix two parts tequila with one part Kahlua coffee liqueur, swirl in an old-fashioned glass, lift and imbibe. Rinse, repeat and later on, repent. And by the way... that's no bull. (image via Thomas Hawk)