December 22: The Lincoln Tunnel

Lincoln Tunnel

Folks, I’m going to level with you; the days around Christmas and New Year’s are pretty dull in terms of major historical events. History, like all major industries tends to go on a break around the holidays.

So, that brings us to the Lincoln Tunnel, which opened on this day in 1937. The underwater tunnel connected Weehawken, New Jersey to Midtown Manhattan. The toll on opening day was just 50 cents. Nowadays, the price has gone up a wee bit and in order to drive through the tunnel you need to fork over $13. On an average day, between 100,000 and 120,000 vehicles travel through the Lincoln Tunnel.

To celebrate a pretty straightforward day in history, we’ve got a pretty straightforward cocktail. The Lincoln Club Cooler is a basic higball that comes to us from George J. Kappeler’s 1895 bartending guide Modern American Drinks.

Lincoln Club Cooler

  • 1 1/2 ounces Aged Rum
  • 3 ounces ginger ale

Pour into a highball glass with ice and serve.

Tomorrow:  Why is there a dispute over a visit from St. Nicholas?

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