The Mamie Taylor cocktail was invented by and named for the Broadway comedy actress of the same name (though she spelled it "Mayme"). By her own account, she got one by accident at a hotel bar on the shore of Lake Ontario in the summer of 1899. She was pleasantly surprised, and after suggesting the addition of lemon, the bartender was so impressed that he added it to the menu and named it after her. Apparently, there was no explanation for the variant spelling he used.
It has quite a bit more history to it, which is covered in this great Wall Street Journal piece, but the short version is that it was a hugely popular cocktail for the first few years of the 20th century. Its popularity had faded by about 1904, but the historians of today's craft cocktail renaissance dug up the original Mamie Taylor recipe and seem to have resurrected it to some extent.
Keen cocktailians will notice that it bears great similarity to the Moscow Mule, but it actually predated that drink by nearly 50 years. Perhaps the good folks at Smirnoff and Cock 'n' Bull Ginger Beer were inspired by the short-lived fame of the Mamie Taylor—or maybe it's yet another recipe that was just fated to come together.
|2 oz blended scotch|
|0.5 oz lime juice|
|6 oz ginger beer|
Preparation: How to make a Mamie Taylor
- Add all ingredients to a highball glass with ice and stir.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.