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Entry from September 19, 2013
Trader Vic’s Columbia (cocktail)

The Columbia cocktail (named for Columbia University) is an infrequently served cocktail that was invented in Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide (1947). The cocktail contains 2 parts light rum, 1 part raspberry syrup, and 1 part lemon juice. The cocktail has not been officially recognized by Columbia University.


Wikipedia: Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York, commonly referred to as Columbia University, is an American private Ivy League research university located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country’s nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Today the university operates Columbia Global Centers overseas in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Nairobi.

Google Books
Bartender’s Guide
By Trader Vic
Garden City, NY: Garden City Books
1947
Pg. 212:
COLUMBIA COCKTAIL
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. raspberry syrup
Shake with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Google Books
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Drink:
An A-Z of Alcoholic Beverages

By Ned Halley
Ware: Wordsworth Editions Ltd.
2005
Pg. 156:
Columbia Cocktail. Over ice shake 2 parts rum, 1 raspberry syrup, 1 lemon juice. Strain.

Google Books
Ultimate Little Frozen Drinks Book
By Ray Foley
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks
2006
Pg. 122:
Columbia Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Bacardi light or dark
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. raspberry syrup or several fresh or frozen raspberries

Google Books
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bartending, 2nd Edition
By Amy Zavatto
New York, NY: Alpha Books
2010
Pg. 136:
Columbia Cocktail
2 oz. light rum
1⁄2 oz. raspberry syrup.
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 lemon twist

Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice. Pour in light rum, raspberry syrup, and lemon juice. Give it a good shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Slate
Every Ivy League School Has a Cocktail Named After It
But not all of them are elite. Here are the best and worst.

By Troy Patterson|Posted Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at 5:38 AM
(...)
Trader Vic’s Columbia
2 ounces white rum
¾ ounce raspberry syrup
¾ ounce lemon juice
Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

There are two distinct Columbia cocktails. The more prominent is basically a Harvard made with dry vermouth rather than sweet. Boring; a school drink needs a distinct identity, and this school reveals a sassy one with the other Columbia Cocktail, which first made the scene in Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide (1947). A reminder of the direct charms of raspberry syrup, this is the prettiest drink on the list and the one most likely to delight a non-adventurous drinker, such as a Barnard undergrad who lives off of Pinkberry and Snapple.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, September 19, 2013 • Permalink