Thursday, September 13, 2012

Henry Bliss, The Electric Powered Taxi, and The Yellow Cab Cocktail

When, on this day 1899, Henry Bliss stepped off from a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in NYC, he had no idea he was about to become the first person ever killed by an automobile in the United States.

Being a gentleman, Bliss had departed the trolly and had turned back to assist his female companion off when an electric powered taxi struck him.  Bliss would die the next day of his injuries.

On this day in 1999, a plaque was dedicated at the site with this inscription:

Here at West 74th Street and Central Park West, Henry H. Bliss dismounted from a streetcar and was struck and knocked unconscious by an automobile on the evening of September 13, 1899. When Mr. Bliss, a New York real estate man, died the next morning from his injuries, he became the first recorded motor vehicle fatality in the Western Hemisphere. This sign was erected to remember Mr. Bliss on the centennial of his untimely death and to promote safety on our streets and highways.

The Historical Inebriant: The Yellow Cab Cocktail


1-1/3 oz Whiskey
2/3 oz Advocaat
2/3 oz Sugar Syrup
2/3 oz Lemon Juice
Club Soda / Sparkling Water

Shake all ingredients except the club soda with ice in a cocktail shaker Strain into a highball glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of lime and a few mint leaves.

One of the main reasons I choose this drink was the ingredient Advocaat, which I had never heard of. It also sounds like an interesting drink begging for some experimentation.

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