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The following is listing of all Bengal Club drink recipes stored on the web site, or more accurately all the drinks entered into the database so far.

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  Gin & Tonic  Gin & Tonic
"The King of Drinks" Included herein to help explain the club's exceedingly complex system for rating drinks. Hereafter referred to as 'Pith Rating.'
Drinks on this page are rated by a combination of taste, and ease of assembly. The LZ-129 Frosted Cocktail is an exceptionally tasty beverage. However, unless somone else is making it for you, it is extrememly time consuming and requires numerous (expensive) ingredients. On the other hand, the G&T requires only 5 ingredients (if you count; lime, ice, and the glass). Thus on a scale from 1-pith to 5-piths the G&T has a rating of "6"

Gin, depends upon size of glass
Tonic, depends upon size of glass
Ice, again, depends upon size of glass
Squeeze of lime, depends upon whether you're allergic to limes

Fill your glass with ice. Then pour Gin to the half way mark on the glass. Top off with Tonic. Add a squeeze of lime, unless you're allergic. Drink whilst ridiculing those still assembling more complex drinks.
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  Adios M***** F***** Adios M***** F*****
Included solely because the name suggested some sort of tangential relationship with the club's Mexican Revolution campaign. Prepared on two different nights, this is another drink with wildly different scores, apparently depending upon just how we mixed it. When we did it wrong, it was bad. It tasted like blue soda water. When we did it right, it was inoffensive.

1/2 ounce Vodka
1/2 ounce Rum
1/2 ounce Gin
1/2 ounce Blue Curaco
2 ounces Sweet & Sour Mix
Soda Water

Build the first 4 ingredients over ice in a snifter. Top off with Soda Water.
Why the bartender insisted on a photograph with a Soviet era cap badge remains a mystery to the membership.
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  American Flyer American Flyer
Included because in a game about World War I aerial combat there would be American Flyers. When sampled at the club, it was quite inoffensive. When sampled at The Formosa Bar in Hollywood, it was the worst drink that I've ever tasted. And I've been drinking many types of alcohol, for a very long time.

The 'Good' version of the drink at the club.

1 oz Light Rum 1 tsp Lime Juice
tsp Sugar Syrup (or Bar Syrup)
Champagne

Combine the rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute and fill with champagne.
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  Angry German Angry German
Included to accent a World War I aerial game played with 'Tiny Little Aeroplanes.' This is a recipe suitable to annoy anyone, of any nationality. Not just the Teutonicly inclined. Tasted a great deal like cough syrup to me.

3/4 ounce Amaretto
3/4 ounce Blackberry Schnapps
3/4 ounce Jagermeister
1 1/2 ounces Lime Juice
1 dash of salt

Shake all of the ingredients with ice and pour into a shot glass. The tradition, from where who knows, is that a swear word must be uttered before taking the first sip. Which is odd, because this seems much more like a 'bolting' drink than a 'sipping' one.
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  B2 - C2 B2 - C2
Included in the club bar guide because of a tangential relationship with W.W.II

From the modern bar guide 'Killer Cocktails' in their section on 'Forgotten Classics'

No, it's not made by fusing two atoms of Boron with two of Carbon. This formulas was actually created by American intelligence officers during the waning days of World War II. The goal? To makd the most efficient use of the stocks of looted French luxury goods they'd liberated from the retreating Germans. It's a doozy. The namd comes from the four ingredients. The ice is a modern innovation. A word to the wise: this drink is built to military specivications with few safety devices.

1 ounce Brandy (use VSOP Cognac)
1 ounce Benedictine
1 ounce Cointreau
to finish: 2 to 3 ounces chilled Brut Champagne

Stir and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with champagne.
 
 
  Beer, "Mudslinger Ale" Beer,
"The Best Pint In The World" Sampled by contributing editor Onslow Faust at Hollywood's Umami Burger Mr. Faust claims that the ale was expensive, but very, very good. He dislikes ales that are too "hoppy", like IPAs. This was very malty, and tasty. "Mudslinger Ale" doesn't appear on the on-line menu, and must apparently be requested. So the Pith Rating might have to be adjustded down because of; the price and the inconvenience of preparation; drive down to restaurant, button hole waiter, give password, request beer not on the menu, agonize over the price, etc. etc.
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  Bermuda Highball: "Fixed" Bermuda Highball:
Sampled at the club (04/10/09)
Most club members described this cocktail as "passable, and certainly not the worst drink they had ever consumed." Ironically, this matches many of the revues provided on other cocktail web sites.

1 1/2 Ounces Gin
1 Brandy
1 Dry Vermouth
1/4 Teaspoon Bar Sugar
5 Ounces Ginger Ale

Combine the Gin, Brandy, Vermouth, and sugar into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake for 15 seconds.
Strain into a Highball glass filled with ice.
Top off with the Ginger Ale

Better than the original version, but that's damning with faint praise.
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  Bermuda Highball: Original Bermuda Highball: Original
Sampled at "7 Grand" in Los Angeles (05/30/08)
A dark and dusty establishment, with pool tables, stuffed animal heads, and a very cooperative bar staff

1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Brandy
1 oz dry Vermouth
Sparkling Water
Lemon Peel

Pour liquors into chilled highball glass over ice cubes. Stir well. Fill with spakling water. Add twist of lemon peel ans stir again gently

The bartender tried very hard with what was for him a very unusual drink, but despite all his efforts this was the 2nd worst drink I've ever sampled. Perhaps it was the Sparkling Water. It just overpowered the whole drink, and made it seem like brownish Club Soda.
  Just Awful
 
  Between the Sheets Between the Sheets
Sampled at "7 Grand" in Los Angeles (05/30/08)
A dark and dusty establishment, with pool tables, stuffed animal heads, and a very cooperative bar staff

2 oz Brandy
1 1/2 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz White Curacao
1/2 oz fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients in shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass

A sort of 1970's drink. Maybe the late 70's. At least that's what everyone decided from the sound of the name. Not bad, but probably more work than it's worth for the taste. Seemed to be more popular with male samplers than with female.
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  Big Bertha Big Bertha
Included on the list because it had the same name as a large German canon used in World War I. Please note that the membership attempted to conpensate for the poor performance of the drink by crowding the photo with little lead aeroplanes

1 ounce White Rum
1/2 ounce Kirschwasser
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Then attempt to ignore the unpleasant 'oil slick' which immediatley appears on the surface.
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  Blackthorn Blackthorn
Sampled at The KRESS (03/27/09)
Visited as part of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles program for 'Cocktails in Historic Places.' The Kress is a very 'cool & groovy' venue operating at the former location for Frederick's of Hollywood

4 parts Irish Whiskey (2 oz)
3 parts Dry Vermouth
3 - 5 dashes of Pernod
3 - 5 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice
Pour into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass

The bartenders were enthusiastic about the A - Z drinks project, if rather confused as to the importance of their participation in it.
  Just Awful
 
   
 
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