January 10: The London Underground

London Underground SignIt was today in 1863 that the world’s oldest underground railway, the London Underground, opened.

The Tube’s origins are pretty humble. The idea of an underground railway in London was first proposed in the 1830s and then finally commissioned in 1854. It took around nine years to open the line’s initial route, which was just a simple round trip between Paddington and Farringdon. Despite this short route, 38,000 passengers climbed into the locomotive pulled carriages. Over the ensuing twenty years, the route expanded until the Circle Line (London’s main underground railway) was completed in 1884. Today the Underground has 11 lines, 270 stations and services over a billion passengers annually.

Now, I’ve found an interesting little cocktail called the Subway Rumbles. This drink is a specialty of The Vault bar at Pfaff’s in New York City and it’s an fascinating drink that’s both tart and frothy.

Subway Rumbles

  • 1 ounce Scotch
  • 1 ounce Bols Genever
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash bitters

Shake all ingredients (except the bitters) with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. Add a dash of bitters and garnish with an orange twist.

Tomorrow: The most controversial rule in sports.


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