During cocktail recipe development, sometimes Peterson’s started with a flavors or a concept–and then found an illustration or piece of vintage barware to go with it. Often, though, the photos contributed to Peterson’s Happy Hour helped to inspire the cocktail.
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, here are a few of the Dad’s that kick-started Peterson’s Happy Hour cocktails…
The exotic picture Erica Okone’s dad, Harold, inspired the Blackberry Curse (see Sample Recipes)–because today, no locale seems too remote to be connected to the office.
Theresa Canzoneri’s father, Sal (and the family parakeet, Charlie) inspired the “Pet Peeve”–because wouldn’t you want your pet to be able to fix you a drink at the end of a long day?
Sometimes the original inspiration for a cocktail didn’t make it into the book: a picture of Tara and Donna Smith’s Dad, George (below), was the inspiration for “En-gin Trouble.” But George was replaced by a much younger man (Gregory Citarella in his red fire engine… more about that picture in future posts…)
Gordon Fryer worked on the Enigma Machine project in WWII, but even he couldn’t solve the puzzle of how to escape housework. Aproned, tuxedo’d and getting ready for his cocktail party guests, Janice’s Dad was a fitting inspiration for the “Bittersweet Victory” and holds up the makings of a toast to all Dad’s this Father’s Day!