Naked Lady with A Snake in the Pants !


Music – “Have a Drink On Me” from Lonnie Donegan Classics by Lonnie Donegan. Released: 2013.

Now that I have your attention

It is hard to imagine a naked lady having a snake in her pants, especially since she would look like Lady Godiva and be unclothed.  However, there is always a “Naked Lady” around somewhere…..

Film poster for “Lady Godiva” (hopefully, she doesn’t have a snake in her pants!) (Photo Credit:




….and possibly, some other poor soul with a “Snake in the Pants“.

Welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of cocktails!

Might this young lady be a victim of “Snake in the Pants”? (Photo Credit:









Have you ever sipped a “Cobra Venom“?

I’d be wary of a drink called “Cobra Venom”! (Photo Credit:







Or, perhaps a “Nuclear Slush“?  or a “Toxic Refuse“?

Is this the basis for the cocktail “Nuclear Slush”, or perhaps “Toxic Waste”? (Photo Credit:







Imagine drinking a “Tidy Bowl” (remember the man in the dinghy being flushed down the toilet in the retro commercials?)

Remember Mr. “Ty.D. Bowl”? There is a cocktail named after him (Tidy Bowl). If you don’t like it, just flush it. (Photo Credit:

How would you know what a  “Green Scorpion” looked like, if you’d already imbibed a “Color Blind“?

This might be a “Color Blind” cocktail…it’s a test! (Photo Credit:









Doesn’t a “Dead Grasshopper” cocktail just whet your whistle?

This is a dead grasshopper. No telling what the cocktail, “Dead Grasshopper” really looks like. (Photo Credit:








Or, perhaps for the really adventurous, how about sampling an “Anus on Fire“,

Wow…hard to explain this photo, but perhaps it was the idea for the “Anus on Fire” cocktail? (Photo Credit:







…..or a “Jet Fuel“…just a few of the colourful cocktails, which abound in bar books these days.

“A bar down the street asked us to save the extra for his cocktail menu”. (Photo Credit:







Years ago, my Dad had a few “bar” books, among them “A Guide to Pink Elephants“, published in 1952,  which came in its’ own little pink box (I still have it).

“A Guide to Pink Elephants”, published in 1952, which my Dad used for years. (Photo Credit:



The names of the cocktails were pretty tame:  “Florida Punch“, “Bobby Burns Cocktail“, “Frozen Daiquiri” and the like.

Many of the cocktail books from the 1940’s through 1970’s, went the extra mile:  in addition to recipes for imbibing, many had sections on drinking songs such as “Cigarettes and Whiskey“, which is a long way from the old “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall“.

Also common in these cocktail bibles were suggested party games (“Tricks and Funnies“) including drawing with a mirror, the five coin problem, and in one guide “College Humor and Party Games” (charades, eye spy, talkathon) and more.

Cute drinking games… (Photo Credit:




Many books provided information on how to properly stock your home bar and earlier books usually featured a nice selection of toasts for your event, for example, “To-Morrow Can Wait”…”Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, Sermons and soda water the day after”.

There is even a toast to lawyers:  “Here is to the lawyer – a learned gentleman, who rescues your estate from your enemies, and keeps it himself“. Those pithy remarks are from the 1904 “Grein and Pahls Drink Mixer’s Manual“, which I also have in my collection (Price:  One Dollar in 1904).

“And now…a toast to lawyers”. (Photo Credit:







Over the years the names of cocktails have evolved from the very tame “Milk Punch“, to the outlandish “Martian Urine Sample” (ick!)

“What? You want me to pee in a cocktail glass?” (Photo Credit:







Bartending has become an art, with “flair” bartenders juggling a myriad of bottles of alcohol with flourish and pizazz, much to the thrill of their audience.


Alcoholic beverages have been around for a very long time. Early Babylonians and Egyptians were brewing beer, mead and wine for thousands of years (long before prohibition reared its’ ugly head in the USA and was ultimately, a dismal failure – happily!)

“Better drink this fast, before Prohibition becomes law!” (Photo Credit:






So, in the words of an unknown author, but taken from “Grein and Pahls Drink Mixer’s Manual“, edited by Paul E. Lowe,

Drink to-day and drown all sorrow,                                                                                                      You shall perhaps not do’t to-morrow;                                                                                                Best while you have it use your breath,                                                                                                There is no drinking after death



“A Guide to Pink Elephants”  (Richards Rosen Assoc, Inc., New York, 1952)                             “10,000 Drinks”  (Paul Knorr, Sterling Publishing, New York, 2007)                                         “Playboy’s Host & Bar Book”  (Thomas Mario, Playboy Publishing, Chicago, 1971)                 “Bar & Party Guide”  (Sirkay Publishing, Los Angeles, 1972)                                                         “Grien and Pahls Drink Mixer’s Manual”  (Joe Grein & J. Pahls, Inc., Chicago, 1904)



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Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
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3 Responses to Naked Lady with A Snake in the Pants !

  1. Hello Mark….thanks for your note. I’ll search through my collection and see what I can (get it?!) come up with!

  2. Mark Butler says:

    Dear Sue,
    I have only recently found your great website, I live in England and found your site by a link to old English cookery books, I am particularly interested in your cookery book collection, this is such an amazing site for anyone interested in food.
    I am currently doing some research into Chutney and other preserves, it’s a bit of a hobby! please could you recommend any books with Chutney and preserving recipes in them?
    I am particularly interested in books from 1900 to the present day.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Kind regards,
    Mark Butler

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