A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 15, 2015
Sam Ward (cocktail)

Entry in progress—B.P.

21 May 1893, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, pg. 17, col. 2:
THE MANHATTAN.
The Greatest of American Democratic Clubs.
The Manhattan club at Fifth avenue and Thirty-fourth street is the home of the swallowtail Democracy. To the Democratic party it is what the Union League club is to the Republican party.
(Pg. 18, cols. 2-3—ed.)
More famous drinks have been invented at the Manhattan than at any other place in the country.

None ever manufactured so so famous as the Sam Ward. This was invented by the famous Sam Ward, and is made of yellow Chartreuse, cracked ice and lemon peel. The famous Manhattan cocktail was invented at the club. This consists of equal portions of vermouth and whisky, with a dash of orange bitters.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, March 15, 2015 • Permalink