The Dead Rabbit
, a 19th century style Irish/New York saloon (30 Water Street, lower Manhattan) has garnered every prestigious bar award imaginable, among them World’s Best Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu. Now they’ve come out with another book of “cocktail making wisdom,” as they refer to it, The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem, which is not only a cocktail recipe book but also a graphic novel with great illustrations. The new book was written by The Dead Rabbit owners, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, along with beverage director Jillian Vose.At the book launch party over delicious cocktails, Sean Muldoon regaled me with stories of the book’s protagonist, The Rabbit, a hybrid man-rabbit who channels John Morrissey, the historical leader of the late 19th century Dead Rabbits gang. I listened riveted while I sampled a drink featured in the book: “Chasing the Dragon” (bourbon, rum, poppy seed, grapefruit, lemon, cinnamon and aromatic bitters). The plot evolves to New York City in the 1970s, the era of Mean Streets
, Taxi Driver
and The Godfather
, and features gritty depictions of scores of leading figures from the cocktail world as characters.I went on to a second cocktail, “Eidolon” (Barbados Rum, gin, pale cream Sherry, orgeat, lemon, mace, cardamom bitters, egg white) while Muldoon told me the story of the real-life John Morrissey, a legendary character who became a boxer, professional gambler, then a Democratic State Senator and finally a U.S. Congressman, backed by Tammy Hall.