Thirsty Thursday: Waltzing with Vincent Price


Even if you've never seen House on Haunted Hill or House of Wax, you know Vincent Price.  Whether it's from his bit in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" or just Bill Hader's impression in the SNL Halloween specials, his unmistakably unique voice and look have made him an icon of cinematic horror.  

But what you might not know is that Vincent Price, along with his wife Mary, were huge food enthusiasts and amateur chefs.  According to friends, their dinner parties were some the most highly anticipated events you could attend, meticulously planned to appear effortless and always featuring the most delicious food.

I recently purchased a used copy of Vincent and Mary's cookbook, "A Treasury of Great Recipes", and even if you're not a chef, this book is delightful.  Vincent and Mary take you around the world to some of their favorite restaurants in France, England, Mexico, and more, setting a lavish table with some of their favorite recipes from each place.  The pictures and copies of the original menus are like a time machine to Mad Men-era fine dining.

This drink is not from "A Treasury of Great Recipes".  Instead, it was inspired by the man himself, who preferred cocktails that weren't too alcohol-forward when he wasn't drinking wine or Negra Modelo.  The sweet port and apple cider make it an excellent companion to a chilly autumn night.

Waltzing with Vincent Price

2 oz. Cognac or Calvados
1/2 oz. tawny Port
1/4 oz. Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Dry apple cider

Combine everything except cider in a shaker with ice and stir for 20 seconds.  Strain into a coupe (or martini glass, if you're like me and don't have one).  Top off with apple cider.  Garnish with a cherry or apple slice.