Mamie Taylor

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The Mamie Taylor is a Buck Cocktail that consists of Scotch Whisky, Fresh Lime Juice, and Ginger Beer.

also known as a Mayme Taylor.



  • 2 shots Scotch Whisky (Blended)
  • juice from 1/2 a fresh lime.
  • Ginger Beer (to taste).

Squeeze the lime into a tall glass filled with ice, and then add the Whisky; finally, add Ginger Beer to taste, remembering that this is meant to be a long drink.

Origins of the Mamie Taylor

The Mamie Taylor was invented in 1899, Rochester NY, for Mamie Taylor; the bartender may have been Bill Sterritt.

Historical References

"The News", 5th July, 1900

"The latest hit on these hot days is a nice cool "Mamie Taylor." They are delicious."

"Mixer and Server," 15th July 1900


A New York man has introduced a new drink to Philadelphia; at least, he says it's new. It is concocted of cracked ice, Scotch whisky, the juice of a lime and a bottle of ginger ale. The New Yorker invited Edward Green, of Texas, son of Hetty Green, to sample it, remarking as the statesman from Texas tasted it: "That's the newest drink out."

"Probably it is in New York," said Green, "but they have been using it in Texas for 30 years. We used to call it 'The Scotch Lassie.' What do you call it?" "A 'Mamie Taylor'," said the New Yorker.

"Washington Post," 15th July, 1900

"Bill Sterritt has created such a genunine [sic] sensation as the new decoction framed by a dry newspaper man and dubbed with the enticing title of "Mamie Taylor..."

"Washington Post," 25th July, 1900

"The drink is called by the alluring and euphonious name of "Mamie Taylor,""

"Kansas City Star," August 12th, 1900

“This is Mamie Taylor. The Mamie Taylor for whom a certain seductive summer drink was named by an admiring bartender.”

"Anaconda Standard," 16th March, 1901

"A "Mayme Taylor" is said to be the most deceptive drink ever invented..."

"Washington Post," 26th January, 1902

"With the dawn of a hilarious New Year there has been evolved for the delectation of New Yorkers a new form of liquid exhilaration. It has not yet reached Broadway, but seems to have been wafted from the chilly West and found an abiding place on Park Row. In whose brain the great idea originated is still a mystery, but when he discloses his identity his fame promises to eclipse that of the inventor of the Mamie Taylor and the horse's neck."

"The Post Standard", 7th March 1902

"It was while Miss Taylor was the prima donna of an opera company playing at Ontario Beach, near Rochester, in 1899," he said, "that she was asked with a number of other members of the company to go out sailing on the lake. As the day was hot and the breeze rather strong, the party returned after a few hours longing for some cooling refreshments. When Miss Taylor was asked what she would have she expressed the wish for a long but not strong drink--in fact, a claret lemonade. When the drink was served it was very evident that it wasn't a claret lemonade, for it looked like a delicious long drink of sparkling champagne. On tasting it Miss Taylor found itmuch to her liking, but asked to have the flavor softened with a piece of lemon peel. When this was done the new combination drink was declared a complete success. Bystanders had been watching the proceedings and noticing the evident enjoyment with which Miss Taylor and a few of her friends relished in new drink they finally asked the hotel keepr what drink it was that was being served to them and without hesitation the hotel man replied "a Mamie Taylor" and the name seemed to meet with instantaneous favour and has become famous all over the country."

"Oakland Tribune," 1st February 1904

"Mayme Taylor...became promint [sic] a number of years ago while yet a child by having the now famous Mayme Taylor drink named after her."

"Beverages and their adulteration," by Harvey Washington Wiley, 1919

"Mamie Taylor is a mixed drink of considerable vogue. This drink is made, usually, of Scotch whisky, lime juice and ginger ale"

"TIME Magazine," 16th March, 1931

"Favorite drink of Author Sidney Porter ("O. Henry") was a "Mamie Taylor": Scotch & ginger ale."

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