A History Lesson With Booze

Astor Place Riots and the Cobbler Rouge

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This week back in 1849, New Yorkers rioted…over Shakespearean acting. [Learn about Edwin Forrest, William Charles Macready and the brawl they spawned](http://www.publicradio.org/columns/dinnerpartydownload/2012/05/episode-148.html)… and then smash down a custom, era-appropriate cocktail from a Broadway bar.
“Cobbler Rouge,” as performed by Frank Caiafa, bar manager at The Vault at Pfaff’s – a handsome cellar bar just a few blocks from the site of the original riot:
Into a shaker, add:
- Quarter of fresh peach, cubed (small handful)
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes of orange or peach bitters
- 1 oz. Red Bordeaux wine (“Claret” to the Brits)
- 2 1/4 oz. Hudson Four Grain Bourbon (the all-American part)
Add ice and give it a hard and riotous shake. Strain into a freshly iced goblet – ideally a “Hawthorne House” glass. Add fresh mint as garnish (after slapping the mint against your hands for a bit to “wake it up”). Top with powdered sugar. Drink it down and leave the drama behind.

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