This is quite a name for a drink. A short snorter is a banknote inscribed by people traveling together on an aircraft.
American novelist and Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck once observed that “very curious practices grow out of a war,” but he found none stranger than the oddly-named short snorter. Long ago, snort was slang for an alcoholic drink (swiftly swallowed), while short specified a smaller-than-standard measure. Thus, a short snort was a modest swig of hard liquor—a small shot, we might say today.
I could not find any other Shortsnorter cocktail, however. I was scared of this drink because it seems awfully strong.
I was surprised to find that we had some Seven-Up so I used it. I substituted Cointreau for Triple Sec. Here is the drink. I did make sure to add enough ice.
It is actually really good. The 7-Up and lime help as well as the ice. It doesn’t taste strong, but I guess I will find out later if it really is.
I found a 1950s Pancho’s menu for sale on ebay for $50. It is from November 14, 1950. The menu cover is incredibly racist. I remember going to Jalisco, Mexico in medical school to do some research and being asked by a fellow Mexican medical student about the portrayals of Mexicans I had been exposed to growing up. At that moment I couldn’t think of any except Speedy Gonzales and Slowpoke Rodriguez. But clearly these types of images must have infiltrated my childhood in the suburbs of Seattle.
Here is their drinks menu. I do not see the Shortsnorter. But there are a lot of classic and not-so-classic cocktails. And look at those prices!!!.
Otherwise I cannot find out anything about Pancho’s on google. But here is the description from the book:
I did make their ribs in 2013. They were amazing. And people in the grocery line were jealous of our plans. This is an incentive to make them again this summer. And I made their Beef Stroganoff in 2014.
It is odd that it wasn’t a Mexican restaurant but had the racist imagery. But I can say that the food and drinks that I know about from this restaurant are good. But the imagery was not. Thankfully, I do not think we see these kinds of images anymore, at least not around here. So there has been some progress anyway.