How Well Do You Know Your Anaphylaxis Facts? Take Our Quiz and Find Out

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The most dangerous thing about a peanut allergy or any other severe allergy is its potential to cause anaphylaxis, a potentially-life threatening allergic reaction.

In his indispensable how-to guide, The Peanut Allergy Answer Book (3rd Edition),  Dr. Michael C. Young does a great job of explaining what anaphylaxis is, the different levels of reaction to look out for, and what foods are most likely to cause it (hint: peanuts are on the list).

Take our quiz to find out how well you know your anaphylaxis facts, and then learn more with an excerpt from Dr. Young’s book.


1. What defines anaphylaxis?

A.) A prolonged fit of coughing and sneezing

B. ) Any severe allergic reaction

C.) An allergic reaction that involves two or more body systems

D.) Total organ failure


2. Which is not a recognized grade of of anaphylaxis reaction?

A.) Benign

B.) Mild

C. ) Moderate

D.) Severe


3.) What symptoms frequently accompany moderate anaphylaxis?

A.) Hives and itching

B.) Swelling

C.) Tightness of the throat and chest

D.) Wheezing and vomiting

E.) All of the above


4.) Which of the following foods is not a common cause of anaphylaxis?

A.) Peanuts

B.) Tree nuts

C.) Whole wheat bread

D.) Shellfish



Answers: 1.)  C– Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that involves two or more systems 2.) A — There is no such designation as a benign anaphylaxis reaction 3) E — All of the above 4) D– Whole wheat bread is not a common cause of anaphylaxis

“Anaphylaxis is the systemic manifestation of allergy—when an allergic reaction affects the body as a whole and not just locally.

In other words, some patients have hives just in the area of contact with the food allergen, such as the lips and mouth, while other patients erupt in hives over their entire body, regardless of the route of exposure. It is this latter system total body reaction that is termed anaphylaxis.

A 2006 symposium of experts convened and a consensus was reached on the clinical definition of anaphylaxis. They established three criteria, any one of which was enough to indicate the likelihood of anaphylaxis:

  1. An acutely occurring (minutes to several hours) illness involving skin, mucous membranes, and at least one of the following: respiratory compromise, reduced blood pressure, OR
  2. Two or more of the following that occur promptly after exposure to an allergen: skin/mucous membrane involvement, respiratory distress, reduced blood pressure, gastrointestinal symptoms, OR
  3. Reduced blood pressure after exposure to the allergen

So a person who is having a combination of symptoms, such as hives and vomiting with cramping abdominal pain, is undergoing anaphylaxis because two organ systems (the skin and the GI tract) are involved, even if the symptoms themselves are not severe.

It is the involvement of two organ systems or more, indicating that the reaction is systematic, that defines anaphylaxis.

The severity of anaphylaxis can be graded mild, moderate or severe. The symptoms of mild anaphylaxis can include hives, a sensation of fullness of the mouth and throat, swelling of the eyelids and lips, and nasal congestion.

Moderate anaphylaxis would be accompanied by the additional symptoms of generalized or rapidly worsening hives and itching, swelling, flushing, tightness of the throat and chest, wheezing and vomiting.

The potential worse-case scenario is severe anaphylaxix, which is a life-threatening reaction. This can cause severe swelling of the tissues of the upper airway, resulting in obstruction of breathing through the throat, blocking airflow in and out of the lungs.

When the lower airways of the lungs narrow, shortness of breath, wheezing and asthma can occur, compromising oxygenation.

When the cardiovascular system of the body undergoes anaphylaxis, massive tissue leakage from blood vessels results in decreased blood pressure and shock. Severe anaphylaxis is explosive in onset, usually occurring within minutes after exposure. Patients often have a sense of impending doom in the initial stages of severe anaphylaxis. Seizures can result from lack of oxygen. The combination of obstructed breathing and lack of oxygen with loss of heart function and blood pressure is often fatal.

The common causes of fatal anaphylaxis are bee stings, drug reactions, and food allergies. Annually, there are 300 deaths from penicillin allergy, 150 deaths from food allergy (90 percent of which are from peanuts and nuts) and fifty deaths from insect-sting anaphylaxis.

By comparison, the annual death rate from asthma attacks is approximately 5,000.

Peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish cause the majority of severe allergic reactions to foods.

There are other conditions that can mimic the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Chest tightness and difficulty breathing can be a symptom of asthma, heartburn or anxiety. A heart attack is sometimes very similar to an anphylactic reaction, so prompt medical attention by a physician is crucial so that proper and appropriate treatment can be given.”

Peanut Allergy Answer BookThe Most Cutting-Edge Research on Peanut Allergy Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Is Here!

Did you know that avoidance of peanuts early in life may actually lead to peanut allergy, the opposite of what was originally believed? Researchers now believe that continued early avoidance of peanut may be behind the steady growth of peanut allergy in the United States and other countries.
This surprising new research is among the cutting edge information you’ll find in the third edition of The Peanut Allergy Answer Book. Since its publication in 2001, rates of peanut allergy have tripled, prompting families, patients, and medical professionals to seek clear and concise answers about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
The newest edition of this book outlines:

- Promising new treatments, including oral desensitization and Chinese herbal medicines
- The most recent recommendations for feeding at-risk infants and young children
- The latest laboratory tests for determining the risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis

Michael C. Young, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and practices at Children’s Hospital in Boston and South Shore Allergy & Asthma Specialists in South Weymouth, MA. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School. He trained in pediatrics and allergy and clinical immunology at Children’s Hospital. Dr. Young is a past president of the Massachusetts Allergy Society and has been selected for inclusion in The Guide to Top Doctors by the Center for the Study of Services and Boston Magazine’s top doctor. He has received honors from the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. Dr. Young is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Education Task Force on Anaphylaxis, which developed the first guidelines in the United States for the management of food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools. He lives in Massachusetts.


Myths and Truths About Asberger Syndrome

From the book, “Solutions for Adults with Asberger Syndrome,” now on sale in the Amazon Kindle bookstore for the month of November.

There is a common misunderstanding that Asberger Syndrome (AS) is a mental illness. This is not the case. AS is a neurodevelopmental condition that is at the most able end of a group of developmental disorders.

Neurodevelopmental refers to the development and growth of neurons, the cells that make up the tissue of the brain. In the case of AS, this growth does not follow the usual progression of development. The result is a brain that processes information differently than that of most people.

This group of developmental disorders is referred to as the “pervasive developmental disorders” (PDDs) because they affect so many areas of the individual’s life throughout the lifespan.

AS, like the rest of the PDDs, is a developmental difference, not a delay, in the way some areas of the brain function.

It results in certain differences in the way the brain processes information, especially that of a social nature. It is neither outgrown nor curable. While there is not full agreement at this time, most experts view AS as a mild variant of autism.

Myths About AS

  • AS is a mental illness
  • AS is a children’s disorder
  • AS can be cured with medication
  • AS will be outgrown
  • Faulty parenting causes AS

Truths About AS

  • AS is not a mental illness; it is a neurobiological difference.
  • AS is a lifelong condition.
  • AS is hardwired; at present, there is no medication for it
  • AS will not be outgrown, although the person may develop
    ways to cope with it
  • The cause of AS is not fully understood, but genetics play a
    major role

SolutionsforAdultswithAspergerSolutions for Adults with Asberger Syndrome (now on sale in the Kindle bookstore)

Thomas Edison. Albert Einstein. Half of NASA. These are all extremely intelligent, successful adults who made great contributions to society and who are also suspected of having the developmental disorder called Asperger Syndrome. This relatively new diagnosis is being increasingly applied to both children and adults-in fact, it is now seen as running in familes. There are a lot of books on how to successfully raise children with AS, but until now, adults were left to figure it out on their own.

Dr. Juanita Lovett specializes in treating adults with AS and working with their families. In this book she shows those adults and their loved ones how to maximize the benefits of AS (including intense concentration, above-average intelligence, and high creativity) while minimizing the drawbacks (including lack of social skill, inability to connect emotionally with others, and propensity toward rage).

This important new book will help thousands of adults with AS learn to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Juanita P. Lovett, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist who has taught at the graduate level at both Columbia and Rutgers University. She has held appointments on several New Jersey mental health boards, including the Board of the New Jersey Forensic Hospital.

When Should I Worry About My Toddler Having A Head Injury?

In the past few years, there has been a growing awareness of the health issues that are associated with concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Sports like hockey and football have changed the way that they handle players with concussions, and research has produced tangible evidence that repeated impacts to the brain can cause cause lasting damage.

That being said, bumps and bruises are a part of life, especially if you are living with a toddler. While it’s good to be aware of the potential for injury after a hard hit to the head, it doesn’t mean you have to panic if your toddler takes a tumble. Here is a practical guide for gauging the severity of a head bump, from the bookRaising Your Child; The Complete Illustrated Guide.”

Most of the time, when your baby hits his head, he will cry immediately or within a few seconds. He may hold his breath for three to five seconds, and then let out a huge wail.

In rare cases, you won’t hear any noise for many seconds after the fall. If he has been knocked out and lost consciousness, he should be taken to the emergency room.

Watch his behavior. If he is not acting normally, you should call your doctor. For instance, if he’s walking strangely or unable to do things he could do before the fall, such as feed himself, he should be seen immediately.

Children may vomit after a fall, and some doctors recommend they be seen if they vomit more than once in the twenty-four hours following their fall. Also, if your child’s pupils are unequal, if there is a lot of bleeding, or if you think he might need stitches, then take him to the emergency room right away.

That said, children fall and hit their heads all the time, and it is rarely serious. Most often, your toddler will cry immediately after the fall and continue crying for five to ten minutes. He will allow himself to be comforted and will resume normal play within another fifteen minutes.

If that happens with your child, it is okay to let him fall asleep, and you do not need to check on him throughout the night.

He may have a bruise in the morning, but otherwise he will be fine. If you have any concerns, however, or would like to be reassured because it looked like he hit his head really hard, call your doctor’s office, even after hours or on the weekend. That’s what they are there for.


RRaising Your Childaising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is an information-packed guide that leads parents through the ever changing maze of new behaviors, developments, and challenges present in a child’s first six years. It is filled with essential information, expert advice, practical solutions, and key choices to ensure a child’s healthy development for their first six years—and set them up for success in later developmental stages. In addition to understanding their child’s stage of development, readers are given parenting techniques and activities they can use with their child to maximize physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development at every age and stage.

Jamie Loehr, MD, is coauthor of the widely praised book The Playskool Guide to Baby’s First Year. For the past seventeen years, Jamie has practiced as a family physician, with an emphasis on pediatrics and obstetrics. In this way he ends up caring for babies from the first prenatal visit through birth, infancy, toddlerhood, and early adolescence. His focus is on caring for the whole family, helping to guide new parents through the ups and downs of those first critical years. Jen Meyers is coauthor of The Playskool Guide to Baby’s First Year. She holds a masters in education and teaching license in secondary education in English.




Master These Three Moves and You’ll Be Good for Any WOD

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If you know anyone who is part of the CrossFit craze, there is a good chance that you’ve heard the term “WOD” before. The Workout Of the Day is the core of the CrossFit experience, designed to build functional strength, boost your cardiovascular capacity and challenge your perceived limits..

And who better to learn the basics of the WOD from than Blair Morrison, the owner of CrossFit anywhere in California and a former competitor in the CrossFit games?

In his upcoming book, 365 WODs; Burpees, Deadlifts, Snatches, Squats, Box Jumps, Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Lunges, Pushups, Pullups, and More, Morrison explains the goals of the WODS and gives step-by-step instructions for performing three of the core moves you are likely to find in any given WOD.

What is a WOD?

A WOD is the workout of the day. The goal of a properly organized CrossFit training program is to constantly vary these workouts by movement type, duration, and combination. This ensures the body will never slip into a routine and eliminate the stimulus to improve.

By only choosing from exercises that are “functional,” (movements that are naturally occurring during our daily lives) CrossFit provides its participants with general physical preparedness for any challenge they might face.

For example, a squat allows us to practice the movement of sitting down and standing up. A deadlift allows us to practice lifting something off the ground. Finally, by performing these varied movements at high intensity we are able to challenge not only the muscles, but the heart and lungs as well. The idea that “cardio” needs to be an hour on the treadmill is simply untrue.

Here are three exercise principles that you’ll need to become familiar with if you’re going to successfully perform a CrossFit-inspired WOD.



Start with the object in a front rack position with the elbows beneath or slightly in front and hands at shoulder width. Draw air into the stomach while squeezing the glutes and quadriceps, forming a solid base from which to press.

Push the weight directly upward, consciously keeping it as close the face as possible without touching. As the weight rises above the face, force the head forward so that the arms can lock out more effectively. The finish position should show ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists all stacked in the vertical plane.



Start with the feet shoulder width apart and facing forward. If you have inflexible ankles, elevate your heels by sliding a thin object underneath them. Draw air into the stomach. Begin the descent by pushing the hips backward slightly, then widening the knees so that they track just on the outer edge of the feet.

The arms can be used as a counter balance by reaching them out in front of you.

Keeping the torso upright, continue lowering until the top of the hip passes below the top of the knee. Push into the ground with the legs, keeping the heels in contact with the floor and stand to a fully upright position. At no time should the knees track inside of the feet.

Note: The fundamentals of squatting do not change when adding weight, they only adjust for the placement of the load. If loaded in front, expect a more upright squat using the quadriceps. If loaded behind, expect a less upright squat using the hamstrings and glutes.

If loaded overhead, expect the upper body to pitch forward slightly during the descent. The elbows must remain locked at all times and the bar should stay just behind the vertical plane of the head throughout the movement. The wider the grip on the bar, the easier it will be to overhead squat it.



Stand with feet hip width apart approximately 12 inches from the object you are jumping. The higher the object, the further away you will need to stand. Initiate the movement by swinging the arms from back to front to help generate momentum. As the arms come forward, bend the knees slightly and jump up and onto the object. Land with feet hip width apart and stand to a fully upright position to finish. Hop or step down and repeat.

365WODSBecome a part of the fitness phenomenon! As a fast-paced exercise program based on high-intensity interval training, CrossFit is sweeping the nation. CrossFit’s recipe for success is the WOD, or workout of the day. Planks, squats, crunches, pushups are all great, but changing up your routine can be challenging, and it can be difficult to find a resource for so many different workouts. Until now.

365 WODs features a new workout for each day of the year! With endless variety, you’ll never become bored with your fitness routine. Use this book in the gym, at home, and on the road. Challenge different parts of your body every day and work your muscles to the level you want. The ultimate resource of exercises, 365 WODs will keep you on your toes all year long.

Blair Morrison is the owner of CrossFit Anywhere, a CrossFit gym with three locations in northern California. As a competitor in the CrossFit games, he placed 7th in 2009, 23rd in 2010, 5th in 2011. Blair has traveled the world studying fitness environments and incorporates outdoor fitness regimes into his training.

“Blair is among the best athletes, teachers, and coaches in our industry.” – Ben Alderman, owner CrossFit Iron Mile –


A Brief But Intoxicating History of Whiskey

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From the book, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovering Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World’s Most Popular Spirit by Warren Bobrow.


Whiskey is fiery, soothing, and stimulating all at once. (One writer even described it as “a torchlight procession marching down your throat.”)

It’s been treasured as a valuable curative—but it’s also been seen as physically and morally toxic: During Prohibition, the nationwide American ban on the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages that was in place between 1920 and 1933, it was verboten, along with all beer, wine, and liquor.

But what is whiskey, anyway?

Simply put, whiskey is a distilled beverage made from a mixture or “mash” of one or more grains, including corn, rye, barley, and wheat. Then it’s aged in wooden, usually oak, barrels before it’s bottled and sold.

Whiskey usually clocks in at around forty percent alcohol by volume (ABV), or eighty proof, and it’s made in just about every country in which grain can be grown.


The history of American whiskey is a particularly august one, since it’s been around since the nation was in its infancy. Whiskey, in its earliest American incarnations, was imbibed as both a medicinal remedy and as a powerful intoxicant.

It was used by early settlers in religious ceremonies—in Christian churches, whiskey was sometimes used instead of wine during communion when wine was unavailable—and it was traded to Native Americans in exchange for furs.

The early American apothecaries and snake-oil barkers who followed the tide of immigration out West had much to do with cultivating a thirst for strong drink.

They created potent distilled beverages in the wilderness, including rough, mostly un-aged whiskeys, helping to develop a thirst for intoxication amongst the settlers.

Early apothecary salesmen would have used “table-top distilled” whiskey in their preparations. In fact, whiskey may have been combined with the herbs and spices that were to be used as curatives—either for actual illnesses, or for those illnesses that were products of a vivid imagination.

Plus, whiskey traveled well, unlike most other beverages popular at the time. While rum was the tipple of choice in many seaside cities, the raw materials for distilling it couldn’t easily be transported away from the coast.

Beer was too difficult to store out in the wilderness. It would have soured quickly if it couldn’t be kept cool. Table wine would have turned rancid,
while fortified wines such as Madeira or port would have been out of reach financially to all drinkers but the most genteel.


Whiskey was a durable product that traveled well in ceramic jugs, glass bottles, or flasks, and could be served simply in a glass without ice or mixers—a fact that cemented whiskey’s position on the frontier West.

With the great influx of immigration from Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and beyond, different homespun methods of distillation followed the new immigrants on their journeys across the vast continent.

Whiskey was used on the frontier as medicine, for cooking, and during social gatherings, very much as it is used today.

Thus, whiskey became practically synonymous with the West of  America.

Even today, the very word evokes adjectives such as “tough,” “rough-and-tumble,” “hard-core.” There’s no doubt that the abundance of cheaply made American whiskey fueled hundreds of barroom brawls as well as the popular imagination, inspiring our cinematic—and romanticized—visions of the Wild West.


But the history of whiskey in the United States predates the nineteenth-century American West by nearly a hundred years. America’s early years were rife with insurrections pertaining to whiskey and taxation.

In 1791, rebellious settlers in Pennsylvania came to blows with the federal government in what was considered to be an act of treason. These early settlers were disgruntled by new federal taxes on the sale and distillation of spirits—and the insurrection that followed, the so-called Whiskey Rebellion, pitted small town country folk from Pennsylvania with only limited resources against the mighty military power of the federal government.

At the time, whiskey, especially rye whiskey, which was made by settlers themselves using their own surplus grain, was used in many parts of America as a form of currency. (It was even said that rye whiskey was worth more than gold.) Understandably, these settlers thought the new whiskey tax highly unfair, and even attempted to secede from the young nation.

Ultimately, the federal government sent fifteen thousand armed troops to crush the fledgling rebellion, and the rebels had to submit to the new tax laws.



This whiskey-fueled event marked the beginning of formalized federal taxation in America. Some things never change.

To this day, the Internal Revenue Service of the United States still oversees the production of spirits that claim the moniker “Bottled in Bond.” These spirits, including some whiskeys, are distilled and bottled under government supervision.

This way, the federal government guarantees the purity of the product—that is, ensuring that it’s not tainted with additives or colorants—and in return, they get their tax money right up front. When a spirit is bottled in bond, it’s a guarantee of authenticity, and it means, “When it comes to quality, this is the really good stuff.”

Whiskey that’s bottled in bond utilizes exactly the same multitude of grains as non-bonded whiskey, such as rye, barley, millet, oats, quinoa, corn, or even wheat, which are then boiled in water in a method that’s not dissimilar to brewing beer.

Then, important proprietary yeast strains are added to the mix, and this living slurry ferments into a liquid that is cooked under pressure in order to extract a combination of sugars and intoxicating (and highly flammable!) vapors.

The heating process creates a distillate that is captured and dripped, a single drop at a time, into a vessel of either glass or stainless steel; then, the distillate is transferred to an oak barrel to age until the producer is ready to bottle and sell it. If a whiskey is bottled in bond, the bottle will boast the Federal Seal, a sign of the quality of its contents.

WhiskeyCocktailsWhiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World’s Most Popular Spirit

Grab your bow tie and a rocks glass, because we’re talking all about one of the most classic— and classy— spirits. Whether you like bourbon, scotch or rye, whiskey’s diverse and complex taste will be your new go-to drink for parties, gatherings, or evenings in your study with a roaring fire. Whiskey can be an intimidating drink to the uninitiated. Most folks may not be able to drink it straight. We’ve got you covered.

The Cocktail Whisperer, Warren Bobrow, author of Apothecary Cocktails (Fair Winds Press) incorporates some of the best whiskeys into hand-crafted cocktails that bring out the subtle notes and flavors of any good bourbon or scotch. Whiskey Cocktails features 75 traditional, newly-created, and original recipes for whiskey-based cocktails. This wonderfully crafted book also features drink recipes from noted whiskey experts and bartenders.

Work Your Abs and Build Your Upper Body Strength With This Combo Exercise

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As a guy, it is often hard for me to dedicate a lot of time at the gym solely to working out my abs. While I know that having a strong core is good for me, I usually find myself spending more time on exercises designed to build my upper body strength rather than work my middle.

That’s why I like this Hanging Leg Raise exercise from the book “Core Fitness Solution” by Michael De Medeiros and Kendal Wood. Not only is it a super effective way to work your lower abs, it’s also a great test of strength for my upper body.

You’ll need a chin up bar for this move and a great deal of patience. Although this exercise can be done quickly, the best results come from a methodical upward and downward motion with a focus on your lower abs throughout.

Because you’re also holding your entire weight on the bar, consider this a test of your upper body, grip and arm strength all in one. Enjoy.



Hold your weight on a chin-up bar with your arms shoulder-width apart. Let your legs dangle directly downward so the soles of your feet are parallel to the floor.



Crunch your legs up toward your torso so your hamstrings are parallel to the floor. Do not bring your knees past your hips and look straight ahead throughout the movement. Slowly return your legs to the starting position without using momentum.


Make this move easier by alternating your legs. Remember to keep your body straight throughout the set and resist the urge to twist to either side to complete your reps.


Add ankle weights to increase the intensity of this move.


Core Fitness SolutionThe promise of building a six-pack is found in many places–Results, however, are not. With Core Fitness Solution, those results are finally attainable. With more than 5,000 customizable solutions in this book, you pick the exercises. You decide the workout, the location, the duration and the intensity. Finally, a leaner middle, a stronger core, and the set of abs you’ve always wanted can be yours. Former editor-in-chief of Men’s Fitness, Michael de Medeiros, and “King of Abs,” Kendall Wood, have handpicked the most effective exercises to target all areas of your midsection. Crafting your core has never been so simple.

Michael De Medeiros is the former vice president and editor in chief of Men’s Fitness magazine, former editor in chief of Maximum Fitness magazine, and author of 13 books, including historical biographies, educational textbooks, and active health and fitness books. He has been nominated and shortlisted for several awards, including best book and best book in a series (Weigl Publishers).

Kendall Wood, NASM CPT, M.Ed., CES, PES, FNS CERTIFIED, the “King of Abs,” is a multi-time fitness magazine cover model, NASM certified personal trainer, health advocate and a forerunner in the fight against childhood obesity. His foundation, Smart Moves, works to end obesity for children by partnering up with school boards and family associations. He is also the promoter of FitScience’s annual fitness contest in Atlanta.


Man Up This November With A Classic Cocktail– And a Great Book Deal Today Only!

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The only thing we like more than a great cocktail (okay, as much as a great cocktail) is a great book deal. Luckily, we can bring you both today. Here is a great forgotten drink recipe that is sure to put spring in your step this “Movember.” This comes from the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, which is on sale in the Kindle Store at for $X.XX today (Nov. 13) only!

Ladies, don’t feel left out! We think that you’ll get a kick out of this cocktail too, and if you’re interested in learning what the Kickerbocker De Madame is made from, the recipe is also in the book.



This nineteenth-century hit had “his” and “her” versions—à la Monsieur and à la Madame. Both were published in 1869 in William Terrington’s Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks.

Jerry Thomas first introduced the Knickerbocker in 1862. In 1888, Harry Johnson printed the manly version shown here.

“Father Knickerbocker” was the allegorical patron saint of New York City and generations of native New Yorkers claimed kinship to him.

The one-time Times Square–situated hotel many assume the drink was named for would not be designed for another thirty-nine years.

Nakheel Hotels, a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates’ royalty-owned Dubai World, bought the property in 2006 with plans to restore it as a sumptuous hotel for the first time since before the Great Depression, so we may yet see the Knickerbocker à la Madame and à la Monsieur proffered over the bar again if we’re lucky.

2 ounces (1⁄2 gill, 6 cl) Virgin Islands rum
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) orange curaçao
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) raspberry syrup
1 ounce (1⁄4 gill, 3 cl) lemon juice
1 slice orange
1 slice pineapple

Add all to crushed ice in a goblet, collins glass, or tumbler,
stir, and serve.
Garnish with more fruits in season.


VintageSpiritsCocktailsIn this expanded and updated edition of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail adds another 20 fine recipes to his hand-picked collection of 80 rare-and-worth-rediscovered drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world’s movers and shakers. Historic facts, expanded anecdotes, and full-color vintage images from extremely uncommon sources round out this must-have volume. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.

Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail, makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. Although he has been diligently researching cocktails since the ’80s, his moonlighting as a cocktail historian became public in 1995, when he hosted the America Online spirits boards. In the intervening years, he has been quoted and referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, and Men’s Journal, as well as various books and other media. He is a partner in, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge.

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