6/6/2016 – Contemporary Classics Cocktails


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

First up, I would like to say thanks to the people I met over this weekend who gave praise for FCT. This weekend was the Indie 500, an annual crossword tournament, and it shouldn’t shock you that crossword and trivia communities align. It was great seeing you all, and I do hope we can do this again sometime.

Today’s edition comes from a cocktail that I hadn’t heard of during the tournament, and which led me to accidentally turn in an unsolved puzzle. Gah. Today’s Q1 is the cocktail I needed to know in order to improve my time. Even thought I’ve gotten better at crosswords my writing them, it looks like I need to start putting more food in those things to if I want to have the advantage in a tournament.

These questions all discuss cocktails that are listed by the International Bartenders Association as being a “Contemporary Classic”, which are different than the “The Unforgettables” and “New Era Drinks” classifiers. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what the three groups mean.


1. Named after a Mayor of Dijon and formerly called blanc-cassis , name the cocktail made with crème de cassis and white wine.

Question 1

2. In the list of Contemporary Classic cocktails, two of them, one made of equal cognac and amaretto, while the other is made of equal parts Scotch whisky and amaretto, share their name with the winners of the 1971 and 1972 Best Picture Oscar. Name both drinks/movies.

Question 2 (the ’72 winner is pictured)

3. A Harvey Wallbanger consists of 1 part Galliano, 3 parts vodka, and 6 parts what non-alcoholic drink?

4. Name the drink seen here, clearly inspired the color of the drink (made from equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and fresh cream).

Question 4

5. A Cuba Libre is probably better known by what other name, which is the two main ingredients of the drink?

6. Made with brandy and ginger ale, name the cocktail seen here, easily identified by lemon zest garnish.

Question 6

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. Kir
2. French Connection, Godfather
3. Orange juice
4. Grasshopper
5. Rum and Coke
6. Horse’s Neck

2 thoughts on “6/6/2016 – Contemporary Classics Cocktails

  1. Interesting collection of drinks – very 70s-ish. Got all of them except I couldn’t think of the French Connection (had to go off the movie, didn’t know there was an FC cocktail) and the Horse’s Neck, which I’ve never ever heard of.


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