July 12, 1910: Tourists stop in Duluth to sample exotic cocktails

On this day in 1910, the Duluth News Tribune reported that a group of tourists on their way to Yellowstone Park stopped in Duluth to sample two new cocktails being served in the Zenith City’s “prominent hotels.” The drinks, the paper claimed, were sure to “add the fame of Duluth west, east, north and south.” The Chantecler—named after a robust chicken bred in Canada—contained “the yolks of two eggs, cocoa (cold), a dash of brandy and a spur of mint.” This mixture was then “beaten to a feathery consistency” and topped with a half slice of “very ripe” tomato grated on one side to resemble a chicken’s coxcomb. It could be drunk, the paper said, “without fear of scratching the delicate membrane of the throat,” but warned that too many “led to crowing propensities.” The Automobile Highball mixed “gin, powdered sugar, Angostura bitters, a dash of gasoline, and olive for ballast and a cube of ice to keep the journals cool.” Its effects were said to be delayed: “This does not give the full benefit until five minutes after drinking. Then the desire for locomotion is very great and the person drinking it finds the nose sounding a calliope-like ‘Honk-Honk!’ and when that stage is reached the purchaser may be assured he’s got his money’s worth.”