September 11, 2007

Honolulu Harry's Waikiki

Seriously, why don't we have any good tiki bars in Uptown anymore? This one was located near Broadway and Wilson back in the 1930s. The back of the card reads, "Honolulu Harry's Waikiki, 4541 Broadway. The best Hawaiian Entertainment in all Chicago. Original tropical cocktails and appetizers."

Recently, my fiance Ted and I found a facsimile edition of the famous Savoy Cocktail Book at Shake, Rattle, and Read/The Book Box. It was originally published in the 1930s, and has a huge number of cocktails that aren't very familiar today, some even featuring absinthe. I found one called the Houla-Houla Cocktail, and I think I might try it later tonight. (Well, actually not until Wednesday, because tonight is an "off" cocktail night.) I don't have orange curacao, only blue, so the color might not be quite right, but it should taste authentic. If anyone else tries it out, let me know what you think.

Houla Houla Cocktail

1 part Orange Juice
2 parts Gin
Dash of Orange Curacao

Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

The Savoy Cocktail Book also has this recipe:

Honolulu Cocktail

1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Juice
1 dash Pineapple Juice
1 dash Lemon Juice
1 glass Dry Gin
A little Powdered Sugar

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Sounds yummy. Cheers!


Uptown Updater said...

4541 N Broadway would put it right about where the present day Harris Bank stands. Oh how times have changed.
Keep up the good work. These pics are fascinating!

Joanne said...

Glad you're enjoying the postcards! Between this site and yours, I think we'll have Uptown past and present pretty well covered. :-)


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