How to Drink Like a Gangster Series... from the Perspectives’ Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? Shot at Desilu Studio in Hollywood, The Untouchables with Robert Stack starring as Eliot Ness and his squad—Lee Hobson (Paul Picerni), Enrico Rossi (Nick Georgiade), William Youngfellow (Abel Fernandez) and Jack Rossman (Steve London) was a Thursday night must in my house when I was growing up. In 1959 The Untouchables put ABC Television Network on the map.
The Untouchables was based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley. It fictionalized Ness' experiences as a Prohibition agent, fighting crime in Chicago in the 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their courage and incorruptibility, so named the Untouchables. The Untouchables won Robert Stack an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1960.
Everyone in my house would drop everything, huddle around the old Zenith 21-inch TV and tune into the show, never to miss a single episode. One of the chapters in this fictionalized docudrama was the antagonist Charles “Lucky” Luciano.
Lucky was the archetypical 1930s-era gangster. He’s often cited as one of the most influential figures in the development of modern organized crime—not only for his criminal exploits, but for his style. Wearing sharp suits, Luciano was one of the architects of the Mafia Commission and led one of five of New York Cities Mafia’s families.
But he was noticeably different from his peers. Despite the fact he and his pals made millions off Prohibition liquor, it seems Charlie was not a particularly big drinker himself. His vice leaned more toward women. In 2011, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon worked with HBO to develop signature cocktails inspired by the show Boardwalk Empire—here is one of them and it’s not your daddy’s Manhattan.
Lucky’s Manhattan Cocktail
1-1/2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce pure maple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry and lemon peel garnish
ChefSecret: Basil Hayden created the kind of whiskey he loved; spicy yet smooth—rich and sweet. An original high-rye Kentucky straight bourbon with a refined flavor profile.
Quip of the Day: Everybody's a gangster until they get punched in the mouth. And after that, everybody's a gangthter.
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