RECIPE: Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker


If you can’t get yourself up to the Algonquin today, perhaps instead honor this famed, ferociously smart New York writer with some of Brooklyn’s own Dorothy Parker Gin from New York Distilling. But it begs the question: Why did Allen Katz name his spirit after the erudite 20s-era wit? So says Mr. Katz:

1. He wrote a musical short in college based on her short stories.

2. His graduation gift from his mom and dad was a collection of her works.

3. He’s been reading her essays and poems forever and a day.

4. He and his wife, Samantha, read ‘Here We Are’ as the words for their wedding ceremony.

5. “She was a damn cool broad and damn good drinker.”


In her honor, make yourself Katz’s Clever Lady tonight (or, whenever your chosen cocktail hour arrives) — cheers.


2 oz  Dorothy Parker American Gin

¼ oz Combier Orange Liqueur

¾ oz real Grenadine

½ oz  fresh lemon juice


Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve with a straw.

Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

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