A History Lesson With Booze ®

The Smoke and Honey

This week back in 1954, Willie Mosconi performed one of the most brilliant feats in sports, ever, draining 526 consecutive billiard balls. Learn about the child prodigy-turned-15-time-World-Champion – then rack up a set of these custom cocktails.


As devised by David Strauss at The Ranstead Room in Philadelphia, Willie’s birthplace:

In a pint glass, over ice, pour:

  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup (3 parts honey, 1 part water)
  • 1 3/4 oz. blended scotch whiskey, e.g. Famous Grouse
  • 1/4 oz. smoky peat Scotch, e.g. Laphroaig

Add to a classic glass, with large (billiard ball-like?) ice chunk. Sink it and then repeat. (NOT 526 times!)