El Morocco, born in Africa made famous in Manhattan

[Excerpt; Paparazzi Bar Book] 

“El Morocco is a cocktail from North Africa and has nothing to do with any product with a similar name from New York restaurants. This is confirmed by the notebook of a reliable friend returning from a mediterranean cruise in 1938 which did not leave out Tangier, Morocco”,  Charles Henry Baker wrote in 1939 

Did there exist in Manhattan a more amazing place than the El Morocco? Probably not, John Perona opened El Morocco as a speakeasy bar at 154 East 54th Street, then moved down to 307 East 54th STreet (both were later demolished). The “Elmo” as its regulars lovingly called it, did not lose any of its glitter and charm even after prohibition. But mere mortals did not walk into the El Morocco – it was the place where movie stars met with European aristocracy, and where you could seduce beauties like Ava Gardner. With the end of the prohibition the fame of El Morocco declined.

1.5 oz Remy Martin VSOP

.5 oz Porto Nieport Tawny Port

.25 oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curaçao

Dash house grenadine

1 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

Juice of 1/4 lime

Add ingredients to shaker glass, add ice, respect, shake and strain.

El Morocco 

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