March 27: A Corkscrew

corkscrewThe corkscrew, where would we be without it? If not for this wonderful little device, we’d have to keep our wine in barrels. Thankfully, several people came along to create that wonderful device. One of these was M. L. Byrne, who patented his corkscrew on March 27, 1860.

Honestly, Byrne was not the first person to patent a corkscrew. In 1795, Samual Henshall received a patent in England for a corkscrew, although it’s unlikely that he was the first person to invent such a device. It’s said that 17th century blacksmiths were said to use screws to place corks in barrels. Henshall’s design was based on the gun worm, a spiral tool that was used to clear out guns and rifles. In fact, most modern corkscrews look more like Henshall’s design. So, why are we highlighting Byrn’s design. Well, honestly, I just love that Byrn’s corkscrew design was literally a large screw.

Anyway, to celebrate Byrne’s device, let’s drink a Corkscrew. Surprisingly, this drink isn’t a variation on the classic screwdriver. Instead, it’s an unusual mix of rum, peach schnapps and dry vermouth.

Corkscrew

  • 1 1/2 ounces Light Rum
  • 3/4 ounce Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 ounces Dry Vermouth

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Tomorrow: Pirate radio.

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