L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide – The Queens Cocktail

Note: This is an encore post from 2017.

Joe Vogel asks if there was a Queens Cocktail. The answer is yes.

According to the Jamaica Long Island Daily Press, Jan. 24, 1935, the Queens Cocktail debuted at the Hotel Commodore in a toast to President Roosevelt. Via Fultonhistory.com.

(No word yet on the Staten Island Cocktail — and boy that sounds like a straight line).

And here is the recipe, from “The Wine Trail” by G. Selmer Fougner, the Jamaica Long Island Daily Press, Feb. 2 or 3, 1935, via Fultonhistory.com.  And yes, it’s a little hard to read. I actually cleaned it up a bit.


Queens Cocktail

Meanwhile, we have this recipe for a Queens Cocktail from Winnie O’Conner. From the Long Island Daily Press, Feb. 2, 1937, via Fulton History.com.

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2 Responses to L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide – The Queens Cocktail

  1. Sheila says:

    The giant brass revolving doors from the old Hotel Commodore somehow ended up as the main entrance to the Minneapolis Lumber Exchange Building. I worked in the building in the late 2010s and there was a little plaque next to the doors. (The Lumber Exchange was built in 1885, so whenever the Commodore was revamped, they must have FedExed the revolving doors out here to the hinterlands.)


    • Richard Wegescheide says:

      Trump got his million dollar loan from his father to buy the Hotel Commodore from the Penn Central bankruptcy trustee in the early 1970’s, put a mirror glass cladding on the building and re-opened it as the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Commodore was built originally as part of the Grand Central Terminal complex, along with the Roosevelt and Biltmore hotels. The Grand Hyatt put Donald Trump on the map in New York society. The Grand Hyatt closed in 2020 due to covid and is currently boarded up. The next incarnation is still a question mark.


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