January 4: Jacob Grimm

JacobGrimmJacob Grimm was born on this day in 1785. In his time he was best known for his work as a linguist, but nowadays he and his brother Wilhelm are most famous for editing the first collection of German fairy tales.

Children’s and Household Tales, now commonly known as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, was first published in 1812 and contained a whopping 86 stories.The stories included some of the most famous fairy tales of all time, including “Hansel and Gretel”, “Cinderella”, “Rapunzel” and “The Frog Prince”. You know, basically the Disney canon. Interestingly, these stories inspired a fair amount of controversy in their day. Namely, a lot of these folk and fairy tales were quite dark and some at the time thought these stories were inappropriate for a book that had children as the first word in the title. For instance, the ugly stepsisters in the Grimms’ take on “Cinderella” cut off parts of their feet in order to fit inside the glass slipper. However, over time these tales were bowdlerized and are still told (in less bloody versions) to children to this day.

Since many of the Grimm stories featured princesses, I thought it would be appropriate if we made a Little Princess. Although light rum and sweet vermouth may sound like an odd combination, this is actually a surprisingly smooth cocktail.

Little Princess

  • 1 1/2 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Stir with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass.

Tomorrow: A game the Harlem Globetrotters will never forget.


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